escaping with his life. The Viajayanagar armies later destroyed Gulbarga
before a truce was made. At Gulbarga, Krishna Deva liberated the sons of
Mahmud Bahmani, made the eldest of them the Sultan, and brought the
others with him to Vijayanagar. But this second attempt to resuscitate
Bahmani sovereignty under Hindu patronage lacked all possibility of success
and perhaps only served to irritate the Sultans of the five splinter states to a
great extent.
                   PATRONAGE OF LITERATURE
  Krishna Deva was also a great patron of art and literature, and was known
  as ‘Andhra Bhoja’. Eight eminent luminaries in literature known as
  ashtadiggajas were at his court. Allasani Peddana was the greatest and he
  was often described as ‘Andhrakavita-Pitamaha’. His important works
  include Manucharitam and Harikatha-saramsamu. Others include Nandi
  Timmana (Parijatapaharanam), Madayya (Rajasekharcharitam),
  Dhurajati      (Kalahasti      Mahatyam),          Ayyalaraju  Ramabhadra
  (Sakaramatasara Sangraham), Pingali Surana (Raghava Pandaviyam and
  Prabhavari Pradyumma), Ramaraja Bhusan and Tenali Ramalinga
  (Panduranga Mahatyam). Besides, the king himself was the author of one
  Telugu work Amuktamalyada, and one Sanskrit work Jambavati
Contribution to Architecture He built the famous temples of
Krishnaswamy, Hazara Ramaswamy and Vitthalaswamy at the capital. He
also built a new city, called Nagalapura, in memory of his mother, Nagamba.
Besides, he built a large number of raya gopurams (towers) and other
structures of lesser significance.
Theory of Kingship
Kingship was based on the principle of absolute monarchy, but of the
benevolent type. The king was to ensure people’s welfare, listen to their
appeals, and remove all their