Well, Firishtah again, this time over the Battle of Raichur. The impression he creates is that it is a minor skirmish. But the reality is this. In anticipation of a Vijayanagar invasion of Raichur, Ismail Adil Shah fields a force of 3,00,000. But Srikrishna Deva Raya counters that with a force of almost 10,00,000. It was a major defeat for the Adil Shah where the prestige and power of the king was badly shattered, with the king himself barely escaping with life. The impact of this defeat is that none of the Deccan Sultanates dared to provoke Srikrishna Deva Raya again and waited eagerly for his death. And unlike what Firishtah wrote, the fort is in possession of Bijapur and was taken by Vijayanagar after the battle – the first time that fort fell in a battle/siege. Go on and enjoy the fiction.

In the year 927, Ismael Adil Shah made preparations for marching to re­cover Moodkul and Rachore from the Ray of Beejanuggur; who gaining early intelli­gence of his intention moved with a great force, and stationed his camp on the banks of the Krishna, where he was joined by many of his tributaries; so that his army amounted to at least fifty thousand horse, besides a vast host of foot. The King would now have deferred his expedition, as the enemy held possession of all the ferries of the Krishna, but his tents being once pitched, he considered it would be undignified to delay. He therefore marched with seven thousand cavalry, composed entirely of foreigners, and encamped on the bank of the river opposite to the Hindoos, waiting for the preparation of rafts to cross and attack. Some days after his arrival, as he was reposing in his tent, he heard one of his courtiers without the screens, reciting this verse: “Rise and fill the “golden goblet with the wine of mirth, before “the quaffer shall be laid in dust.” The King, as if inspired by the verse, called his favourites about him, and spreading the carpet of joy, gave way to the pleasures of music and wine. When the ban­quet had lasted longer than was reasonable, and the effects of the liquor began to exercise their influence, a fancy seized the King to pass the river and attack the enemy. He accordingly called on his military officers to state the cause of the delay in preparing the boats and rafts. He was told that one hundred boats were already finished, and the rest would be ready in a few days. The King, heated with the banquet, resolved to cross immediately; and mount­ing his elephant, without making his intentions known, proceeded to the river, as if to recon­noitre, but suddenly gave orders for as many of his troops as could go to embark on the rafts, directing others to follow him on elephants. The officers in vain represented the imprudence and danger of this precipitation; but the King, without reply, plunged his own elephant into the stream, and was instantly followed by some of his officers and soldiers, on about two hundred and fifty elephants. By great good fortune all reached the opposite bank in safety, and as many troops as could cross on the rafts and boats at two embarkations had time to arrive before the enemy opposed him. The Hindoos, however, were in such force as pre­cluded every hope of the King’s success, with whom were not more than two thousand men to oppose thirty thousand. The heroes of Islam, as if animated with one soul, behaved so gallantly, that above a thousand of the infidels fell, among whom was Sungut Ray, the chief general of Beejanuggur. The Mahomedans, however, found them­selves so harassed by cannon shot, musketry, and rockets, which destroyed nearly half their numbers, that the survivors threw themselves into the river, in hopes of escaping. Tursoon Bahadur and Ibra-him Beg, who rode on the same elephant with their King, drove the animal across the stream; but so rapid was the current, that with the ex­ception of that elephant and seven others the rest were all drowned. The King’s rashness was se­verely punished by so great a loss. He took a solemn vow never to indulge again in wine till he had wiped away the stain of this defeat; and for this purpose he bent his whole mind to repair his misfortune.

Mirza Jehangeer having fallen in the late ac­tion, the King had recourse to the advice of Assud Khan as to the measures necessary to retrieve his disaster. Assud Khan observed, that as his loss was great, and the troops were dispirited, it would be advisabe to return for the present to Beejapoor, and lay aside all thoughts of revenge till he could strengthen himself by an alliance with Boorhan Nizam Shah, and remove his natural enemy Ameer Bereed from his border. These objects being once effected, the punishment of the infidels might be subsequently accomplished. The King approving this advice marched from the Krishna to Beeja-poor; and conferring the dignity of Sipahsalar on Assud Khan, added several districts to his jageer, and made him henceforward his principal coun­sellor in all important affairs.

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