Though we don’t know much about this, this inscription is one of the most important in the Indian history because it tells about the fall and subsequent socio-political scenario in one of the most powerful contemporary kingdoms of that time – the Kakatiyas. Kakatiyas, though slowly drained, they continually mauled the Muslim armies resulting even in a rebellion in Devagiri. The kingdom collapsed when it was at it’s peak but it is interesting to note that the field armies of Kakatiyas which were not destroyed banded together and booted out the Muslims from everywhere except Warangal fort by 1327 – within four years of the end of the Empire. Warangal fort fell ten years later. This was the precursor for rebellions everywhere – Vijayanagar, Madurai, Devagiri mainly because of which South India was out of control of Delhi for the next few centuries.

Though it is known that Warangal fell in 1323, there is no clarity as to what happened to the king. This grant, by virtue of being issued by the political successor of Prataparudra clearly tells what happened to the Emperor – he committed suicide in Narmada while being carted off to Delhi. Either this is a plain lie trying to save Prataparudra or this is the reality. By the virtue of the position of Prolaya Nayaka, his version of the things is treated as the most trusted one.

This inscription was issued as a copper plate grant in a village near Pithapuram and was discovered somewhere around 1850. Half the plates are gone since the find was distributed among two and going by the completeness, it is assumed that the other set is a separate grant altogether. This is a grant spelling out the donations and most of it is in Sanskrit with bits in Telugu.

Vilasa Grant

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