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Deva Raya I

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Vijayanagara Empire
Sangama Dynasty
Harihara Raya I 1336–1356
Bukka Raya I 1356–1377
Harihara Raya II 1377–1404
Virupaksha Raya 1404–1405
Bukka Raya II 1405–1406
Deva Raya I 1406–1422
Ramachandra Raya 1422
Vira Vijaya Bukka Raya 1422–1424
Deva Raya II 1424–1446
Mallikarjuna Raya 1446–1465
Virupaksha Raya II 1465–1485
Praudha Raya 1485
Saluva Dynasty
Saluva Narasimha Deva Raya 1485–1491
Thimma Bhupala 1491
Narasimha Raya II 1491–1505
Tuluva Dynasty
Tuluva Narasa Nayaka 1491–1503
Viranarasimha Raya 1503–1509
Krishna Deva Raya 1509–1529
Achyuta Deva Raya 1529–1542
Sadasiva Raya 1542–1570
Aravidu Dynasty
Aliya Rama Raya 1542–1565
Tirumala Deva Raya 1565–1572
Sriranga I 1572–1586
Venkata II 1586–1614
Sriranga II 1614
Ramadeva 1617–1632
Venkata III 1632–1642
Sriranga III 1642–1646

Deva Raya I (reigned 1406–1422 CE) was an emperor of the Vijayanagara Empire from the Sangama Dynasty. After Harihara II died there was a dispute between his sons for the throne of the Vijayanagara Empire in which Deva Raya I eventually come out as victor.

Throughout his reign, Deva Raya was continually fighting against the Velamas of Telangana, the Bahmani Sultan of Gulbarga, and the Reddis of Kondavidu and the Gajaptis of Kalinga. Even so, Deva Raya was capable of managing the vast amount of territory that he controlled.

Like his grandfather Harihara I, Deva Raya I patronised the Jain Kannada poet Madhura. During his rule, a dispute over property between the Shanka Jainalya of Gadag district and the Somesvara temple trust within the palace was settled amicably.

An account of Persian writer Ferishta narrates how the king fell in love with a beautiful girl, Pertal from Mudugal in Raichur district, with the relationship leading to a war with the Bahmani Sultan and the eventual defeat of Deva Raya I, the Sultan marrying Deva Raya's daughter and getting Pertal married to his son Hasan Khan.

After his death, Deva Raya was to be succeeded by his sons Ramachandra Raya and Vijaya Raya.

European traveller Nicolo Conti travelled to Vijayanagara during this time and described the city being 60 miles in diameter.


  • Dr. Suryanath U. Kamat, Concise history of Karnataka, MCC, Bangalore, 2001 (Reprinted 2002)

External links

  • Our Karnataka article
  • AP Online article

Preceded by
Bukka Raya II
Vijayanagar empire
Succeeded by
Vira Vijaya Bukka Raya
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