Tradition says that during the reign of Prataparudra, the Padmanayakas(Velamas) of Palnadu fame became more dominant in the politics. This was an eye sore to many. The below story is one such said. Note that since Velamas were the last of the Kaktiya feudatories to fall to superior powers, and even after their fall, they were in focus as powerful nobles in Vijayanagar and then under Golconda, the story propagated by Devarakonda clan is what we know. First fell the Musunuri Nayaks, then the Reddys of Kondavidu, then the Velamas of Rachakonda, then the Reddys of Rajamahendri and finally the Velamas of Devarakonda, who migrated to Vijayanagar and shone as the Velugoti Dnasty, at their height of power under Yachamanedu of the Battle of Toppur fame. During the final invasion of Warangal in 1323, since Velamas were in the helm of affairs, the Reddy chiefs did not participate in the war wholeheartedly. Coming to know of this, Tughluq tried to use this for his benefit. He informed one of the commanders, Buchi Reddi that he will be given 1.8 million gold coins as bribe of which half was given as advance. Buchi Reddi and his compatriots went to Prataparudra and said that they will lead the war against the Muslims. At a critical juncture, Buchi Reddi and some other Reddi chieftains withdrew their forces from the battlefield. Seeing this, Prataparudra himself was forced to come to the battlefield as a commander on his elephant. The Muslims, waiting for this opportunity, captured him. In the meanwhile, another Reddy chieftain, Bobba Reddi anticipating this, thought of attacking the Muslims at the right juncture and release the king, thereby making him superior in the court. But, as it turned out his timing was not right and it’s said that he reached the battle field an hour late. By that time everything was over and it’s the end of Kakatiyas. After this, it is said, Gannama Nayaka or in popular culture, Yugandhar, the governor of Warangal, a Velama again, tried to release the king. Since the news of capture of the king was not public yet, it is said that he placed a washerman resembling the king on the throne and tried to save the king. We don’t know what happened after but the king was not saved, he committed suicide in Narmada, Gannama was captured and taken to Delhi and converted, was sent as commander of Delhi forces to retake Warangal after it’s fall to Musunuri Nayaks under the name of Malik Maqbul. Malik Maubul’s saga is a completely different story altogether. This is a very perfect proof of the maxim Victors write History. After the chaos of the Deccan when everyone is blown away in the vicissitudes of time and when Vijayanagar, Kalinga and Bahamani Sultan divided the Deccan between them and bickered unceaselessly, and as Velamas were still in power, albeit as nobles while the Reddis were lost to oblivion, and when Velamas as the only survivors claim to be the victors, what we hear is a Velama version of history where Reddis are the traitors and Velamas are the saviours.

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