Nayaks of Kalahasti

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The Nayaks of Kalahasti were rulers of Kalahasti and Vandavasi principalities. Members of the group include Damarla Chennappa Nayaka and his son Damarla Venkatadri Nayaka.[1][2] These Nayaks served as vassals and loyalists to the Aravidu Dynasty of Vijayanagara Empire, then headquarted at Chandragiri Fort and Vellore Fort.

Notable Rulers[edit]

Damarla Chennappa Nayaka[edit]

Chennappa Nayaka was a trusted general under Sriranga Deva Raya. Chennai, the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is named in his honor.

Yachama Naidu[edit]

Yachama Naidu was one of the famous chiefs of this line. He was a loyalist of Venkata II and Sriranga II. Yachama Naidu was also the son of Kasturi Ranga, another famous general of Kalahasti adn was part of Venkatagiri royal family. He helped Venkata II to capture territory from the Deccan Sultans and also quelled rebellions by Nayaks of Vellore and Madurai. When Sriranga II succeeded Venkata II, Yachama supported him against Jagga Raya's faction. Yachama Naidu saved Sriranga II's son Rama Deva Raya by smuggling him out of the Vellore prison, with the help of a Washerman, when Sriranga II's family was imprisoned by Jagga Raya. However, he was unable to prevent the murder of Sriranga II's entire family. He fought on behalf of Rama Deva Raya at Toppur with support from Raghunatha of Tanjore and killed Jagga Raya seizing his Gobburi Estates which formed the regions of Pulicat, Chengalpet and Maduranthakam, but later completely brought under control of Vellore, under control of Rama Deva Raya, the Vijayanagara Emperor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "District Pofile - CHENNAI". Chennai.tn.nic.in. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  2. ^ C S Srinivasachari (1939). History of the City of Madras. pp. 63–69. 

Further reading[edit]

Velcheru Narayana Rao|Rao, David Shulman and Sanjay Subrahmanyam. Symbols of substance : court and state in Nayaka period Tamil Nadu (Delhi ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1998) ; xix, 349 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 22 cm. ; Oxford India paperbacks ; Includes bibliographical references and index ; ISBN 0-19-564399-2.