Mughal emperors had a depth part in the history books of India. None are unaware of the fact that the Mughals have always had an eye on the Hindu rulers and their vast treasures.

There were several of the defeats succeeded by them and ruined several amounts of temple architectures (which of course were a treasure to ancient culture of India) in name of tributing it to their better halves.

Before going in depths of this story let us know a few things more about the rulers spoken about.

“Sri Krishna devaraya” was an emperor of the Vijayanagara Empire who reigned from 1509-1529. He has been known the 3rd ruler of the “Tuluva dynasty”. He was one of the most powerful of all the Hindu rulers of India. Indeed when the Mughal Babur was taking stock of the potentates of north India, Krishna devaraya was rated the most powerful and had the most extensive empire.

Babur, the Mughal emperor born Zahir-ud-din Mohammed was a conqueror from central Asia who followed a series of setbacks though finally succeeded in laying the base for the Mughal dynasty in the Indian subcontinent and became the first Mughal emperor.

Sri Krishna Devaraya was the most powerful rulers in the Indian subcontinent at the period of his rule. While Babur was just laying the foundation for the Mughal empire at the time.

“Vijayanagara was much more powerful during that period.” Majority of the people claim that Babur had a stronger rule but the truth is that Krishna devaraya commanded the most effective armies of South Asia. It would be quite unfair on part of the Southern king, to compare the golden age of Vijayanagara with the advent of the Mughal Empire.

On the contrary, comparing both the rulers based on their army forces, Vijayanagara had an army on the count of 7,00,000 even before Babur’s reign and the Mughals had an army of 60,000 during the battle of khanwa which reduced during his reign. Apart from this the fact cannot be denied that Babur had strategically defeated opponents who had armies larger than his own in the past but this one would have resulted in his empire being ruined.

Well then Babur played safe by not standing against the Vijayanagara Empire under Krishna devaraya. It was a clever decision on part of Babur to avoid any kind of confrontation with the Vijayanagara Empire, because any such attempt would have totally wiped out the Mughals even before the Mughal Empire could be consolidated at Delhi.

Shiki Shetty

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