Battle of Talikota of 1565, Vijayanagara Empire vs Deccan sultanates
The Battle of Talikota (23 January 1565) was a watershed battle fought between the Vijayanagara Empire and the Deccan sultanates.
The battle took place at Talikota, today a town in northern Karnataka, about 80 kilometres (50 mi) to the southeast from the city of Bijapur.
The defeat of the Vijayanagara Empire followed subsequent destruction and looting which became short lived before the successors of Rama Raya.
The Muslim Sultanates to the north of Vijayanagara united and attacked Aliya Rama Raya’s army, on 23 January 1565, in an engagement known as the Battle of Talikota.
The armies clashed on the plains near the villages of Rakkasagi and Tangadigi (it is also known as the Battle of Rakkasa-Tangadi).
The Vijayanagara army was in a terrible state against their powerful opponents.
Out of confusion and casualties inflicted by the well trained powerful Deccan armies, the Vijayanagara armies started to retreat or run away.
Aliya Rama Raya was captured and beheaded on the spot, with Sultan Hussain on the Sultanates side joining them.
The beheading of Rama Raya created confusion and havoc and in the still loyal portions of the Vijayanagara army, which were then completely routed.
The Sultanates’ army plundered Hampi and reduced it into ruins.
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