in Puranas; glorified in history; eulogised in Travelogues and divinised in
literature, ruled by both Purana purushas and history makers; visited by eminent
visitors of all countries, this sacred region rose highest in reputation as one
of the brightest star capitals in the galaxy of empires adorning the firnament
since the establishment of kingdoms.Alas!
such a glorious kingdom fell victim to the petty Muslim chieftains, whose
confederate armies brought whole sale destruction to the entire city ruled then
by the weak-willed, egoistic, nerveless, power-mad RamaRaya. In 1565, at the
battle of Talikota, the Hindu empire that stood as bulwark against invasions for
about three centuries, disintegrated. After killing the king, Hussian Nizam Shaw
subjected the city to systemic looting and devastation, besides desecration of
cultural wealth to the hysterical gratification of Islam fanticism. According to
records the invaders ransacking, plundered and carried away the fabulous wealth
of the blooming capital continuously for five months from the third day of
battle. Here is the all-revealing horror from the golden leaves of the FORGOTTEN
EMPIRE masterly depicted by Dr. Swell.