The origin of Vijayanagara empire is associated with controversy. The Vijayanagara empire rose in southern India in the 14th century CE. Over the past decades historians have expressed differing opinions on whether the empire's founders, Harihara I and Bukka I, were of Kannada or Telugu origin. There are also varying opinion on the role of the sage Vidyaranya in the founding of the Vijayanagara empire.
Kannadiga origin theory
Several scholars attest that the founders of the Vijayanagara Empire were Kannadigas and related to the Hoysala dynasty.P.B. Desai, B.A. Saletore, Henry Heras and Kamath in Kamath (2001), p158Though controversies over the role of Vidyaranya in the founding of the empire exist, Vidyaranya was an important Sanyasi at the Sringeri order, though not the head of the monastic order until 1380.Vidyaranya's blessings and the... Read More