'Vijayanagar' means 'City of Victory' in Hindi. The city of Vijayanagar
was founded in 1336 and in time it became the capital of the greatest empire
in southern India.
The empire led a religious and political revival of
Hinduism and provided a barrier against invasion by the
Moslem sultanates of the north. Sanskrit scripture served as a unifying force,
and regional literature thrived. The country flourished in unexampled peace
and prosperity until 1565 when the Hindus were defeated by the Moslems at
the battle of Talikota.
The city of Vijayanagar was destroyed and internal
dissensions led to the final collapse of the empire in 1614.Back to History