India Post issued a stamp and Miniature sheet of Krishnadevaraya, the great King of the Vijayanagara Empire. Sri Krishna Deva Raya(also known as Krishna Rai in some inscriptions)was the famed Emperor of the Vijayanagara Empire who reigned from 1509 – 1529 AD.
Presiding over the empire at its zenith, he is regarded as an icon by many Indians. Emperor Krishna Deva Raya earned the titles Kannada Rajya Rama Ramana, Mooru Rayara Ganda (meaning King of three kings) and Andhra Bhoja. He was one of the greatest statesmen which medieval South India had produced. Much information about his reign comes from the accounts of Portuguese travelers Domingo Paes and Fernao Nuniz.
Krishna Deva Raya benefited from the able prime minister Timmarusu, who was regarded by the king as a father figure and was responsible for his coronation. Krishna Deva Raya was the son of Nagala Devi and Tuluva Narasa Nayaka,an army commander under Saluva Narasimha Deva Raya,who later took control of the empire to prevent its disintegration and became the founder of the Tuluva Dynasty,the third Hindu Dynasty to rule Vijayanagara.
The king’s coronation took place on the birthday of Hindu God Krishna, and his earliest inscription is from July 26, 1509 AD. He built a beautiful suburb near Vijayanagara called Nagalapura in memory of his mother, Nagala.
Title: Krishnadevaraya – India
Date of Issue: 27 January 2011