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Harihara I

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1. Harihara I (1336–1356 CE), was the founder of the Vijayanagara empire. He was Bhavana Sangama’s eldest son, and was founder of the Sangama dynasty, the first among the four dynasties that ruled Vijayanagara.

2. Immediately after coming to power, he built a fort at Barkuru, on the west coast of present day Karnataka. It appears from inscriptions he was administering the northern parts of present day Karnataka from his seat at Gutti, Ananthpur district in 1339.

3. He initially controlled the northern portions of the Hoysala Empire before taking full control over its entire range after the death of Hoysala Veera Ballala III in 1343.

4. His initial military exploits established his control over the valley of Tungabhadra River, and gradually he expanded his control to certain regions of Konkan and Malabar Coast. By that time Hoysalas had lost its last ruler Veera Ballala III who died fighting the Sultan of Madurai, and the vacuum so created facilitated Harihara I to emerge as a sovereign power. The entire Hoysala territories came under his rule directly.

5. An inscription dated 1346 regarding a grant to the Sringeri matha indicates Harihara I as the ruler of “whole country between the eastern and the western seas, and the inscription describes Vidya Nagara (that is, the city of learning) as his capital.

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    July 11, 2013 4:30 pmPosted 4 years ago
    sai venkat

    hari hara raya belongs to kuruba community . why should u keep in yadava sight. Is kuruba (kuruma) and yadava are same ?

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      July 11, 2013 5:32 pmPosted 4 years ago
      admin (Author)

      Inscription suggests that Harihara I claimed descent from Haihaya Yadavas. Kurubas too claim descent from Yadu and Lord Krishna. So the ancestory is same.

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    July 12, 2013 1:10 amPosted 4 years ago
    sai venkat

    so. yadava and kuruba are same 110%

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      July 12, 2013 4:10 amPosted 4 years ago
      admin (Author)

      Yes 110%, Just look at their ancestors and look at Yadava’s ancestors, they are same. Jai Sri Krishna

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