By Robert Sewell
Pass judgement on Robert Sewell (1845-1925) used to be a civil servant in colonial India. He did vast paintings at the heritage of the Vijayanagara Empire, rather the autumn of Hampi, the empire's capital. He translated The Vijayanagar Empire as noticeable by way of Domingo Paes and Fernao Nuniz - defined as an eyewitness account of Portuguese guests to India within the sixteenth century and document at the Vijayanagar Empire. His different works contain: Analytical background of India (1870), Eclipses of the Moon in India (1878), Antiquarian is still in Presidency of Madras (1882), A comic strip of the Dynasties of S. India (1883), South Indian Chronological Tables (1889) and The Indian Calendar (with S. B. Dikshit) (1896).
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It was the natural result of the persistent efforts made by the Muhammadans to conquer all India. When these dreaded invaders reached the Krishna River the Hindus to their south, stricken with terror, combined, and gathered in haste to the new standard which alone seemed to offer some hope of protection. The decayed old states crumbled away into nothingness, and the fighting kings of Vijayanagar became the saviours of the south for two and a half centuries. And yet in the present day the very existence of this kingdom is hardly remembered in India; while its once magnificent capital, planted on the extreme northern border of its dominions and bearing the proud title of the "City of Victory," has entirely disappeared save for a few scattered ruins of buildings that were once temples or palaces, and for the long lines of massive walls that constituted its defences.
Ibn Batuta goes on to say that the Raya sent his guest safely away to a neighbouring chief, probably the Hoysala Ballala, king of Dvarasamudra in Maisur, then residing at Tanur. He caused a huge fire to be lit on which his wives and the wives of his nobles, ministers, and principal men immolated themselves, and this done he sallied forth with his followers to meet the invaders, and was slain. " There are only two substantial points of difference between this story and the traditional Hindu account given by Nuniz.
With all this he made his forces ready, saying that he must go in search of his enemy, and as he was going along with large forces raised in the country through which he began his march so much dust arose that it obscured the sun. When he lost sight of it he made fresh inquiries as to what the thing was, and the captains told him that there was now no reason for him to wait, and that he might return home since he had put to flight him whom he had come to seek. Content with this, the king returned by the road that he had taken in his search for the sun, saying that since his enemy had fled he was satisfied.
A Forgotten Empire: Vijayanagar - A Contribution to the History of India by Robert Sewell