When the Vijayanagara ruler Achyuta Raya, who was the younger brother of Krishnadevaraya, died in AD 1542, his son, Venkata I (Venkata Raya or Venkatadri Raya), succeeded him. He was a weak ruler and was killed six months later. Sadasiva Raya, who was the nephew (sister's son) of Achyuta Raya became king according to the laws of Aliya Santana which was prevalent among the Bunts caste to which the Tuluva dynasty belonged. Sadasiva Raya was controlled by his minister Rama Raya, the de facto king, who restored the Vijayanagara empire's power which had diminished after the rule of Krishna Deva Raya. Rama Raya's strategy was to play the Deccan Sultanates against each other by first allying with one and then another.
Achyuta Deva Raya
Aliya Rama Raya
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