Sangama Dynasty

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The Sangama Dynasty was the first dynasty of the Vijayanagara Empire. Founded by the brothers, Harihara I (also called Vira Harihara or Hakka Raya) and Bukka Raya I, they were son of Bhavana Sangama. This is stated in inscriptions that they were from the Kuruba clan.

Foundation and early history

The Sangama Dynasty was founded by Harihara I and Bukka , though there are many debated theories of how the dynasty was truly founded. One theory states that Bukka and Hakka were born from the Kuruba clan and commanders of the King of Warangal's army, where after the King of Warangal was defeated by Muhammad bin Tughlaq, he captured both Bukka and his brother as prisoners and send them to Delhi were both were forced to follow Islam. However, Bukka and Hakka eventually escaped and retained their Hindu traditions and founded the Vijayanagara Empire under the influence of the Brahmin sage Vidyaranya. Another account says that the brothers were instead in connection with the Hoysalas and were born from Karnataka near the Hampi territory, and that they were the successors to the Hoysala sovereignty by natural process. Harihara, the first emperor extended the Vijayanagara lands from Kaveri to Krishna, though he continually come into conflict with the Bahamani sultans. Afterwards he was succeeded by his brother Bukka, who continually expanded...
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