"Saint Vidyaranya established
the seat of Vijayanagara Empire in 1336 A.D, with the help
of his devotee disciples Hakka and Bukka". This is what
we all learnt in the school text books. This was more than
sufficient to pass through the exams. We neither bothered
nor tried to find out what went behind these two lines of
text in the books. HampiOnline.com,
lists various narrations which came into existence as it was
told by famous doyens in their various books.
There are many stories and
traditions having some general resemblance but considerable
variations in their details as regards to the founding of
the city of Vijayanagara and its dynasty of rulers. These
narratives are brought to your notice in the following text
and then leave it to our readers to accept the version which
seems most compatible with them.
Mr. Robert Sewell, A British
District Collector for the district of Bellary, in his book
Forgotten Empire: Vijayanagar; A Contribution to the History
of India "
mentioned some of these and hinted that "Two brothers,
Hindus of the Kuruba caste, who were the men of strong religious
feeling, serving in the treasury of the King of Warangal,
fled from that place on its sack and destruction in A.D. 1323
and took service under the Raja of Anagondi. Both they and
their chiefs were filled with horror and disgust, at the conduct
of the marauding muslims, and pledged themselves to the cause
of their country and their religion. The brothers rose to
be Minister and Treasurer respectively in the court of Anagondi.
In A.D. 1334, the Chief gave shelter to Bah-ud-din, the nephew
of Mohammed Tughlaq of Delhi and was attached by him. Anagondi
fell and the Sultan retired, leaving Malik Kafur as his deputy
to rule the state. Malik found the people too strong for him
and eventually the Sultan restored the country to the Hindus
raising to be Raja and Minister respectively. These brothers
were Harihara I and Bukka I".