Society of the Hoysala Empire

Society Of The Hoysala Empire

Society of the Hoysala Empire

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The Hoysala Empire () was a notable South Indian empire that ruled most of the modern day state of Karnataka between the 10th to the 14th centuries. The capital of the empire was initially based at Belur, and later transferred to Halebidu. Hoysala society in many ways reflected the emerging religious, political and cultural developments of those times.


A notable feature of the Hoysala kingdom was the involvement of women, especially of royalty, in administrative matters. Queen Umadevi governed Halebidu in the absence of Veera Ballala II and is known to have fought wars against antagonistic feudatories.This is in stark contrast to literature (like Vikramankadeva Charita of Bilhana) from those times that portrayed women as retiring, romantic and unconcerned with affairs of the state, The Penguin History of Early India, pp 392, Dr. Romila Thapar Women participated in music, dance, literature, poetry, politics and administration. Queen Shantala Devi was well versed in dance and music and rendered public performances. Akka Mahadevi, a Vachana poet who renounced the temporal world in favour of one of devotion became an example for woman of the day.Belonging to the 12th century, Akka Mahadevi was a Virashaiva mystic. She was not only a pioneer in the era of Women's emancipation but also an example of transcendental world-view, The practice of sati, though voluntary was...
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