Rani Rudrama Devi and Kakatiya Dynasty
Rare sculptures of Rani Rudrama Devi unearthed in Khammam village in Andhra Pradesh
- Two rare sculptural portraits of Kakatiya queen Rudrama Devi were unearthed and identified by an archaeologist on the premises of Sangameswara Swamy Temple at Teerthala village in Khammam district
- Sangameswara temple is panchakuta – a five-unit marvellous shrine monument consisting of wonderful architectural features and requisite components for the comfortable worship of divinities
- The queen is seated on her forefeet while her hands are in Anjali mudra (a gesture of worship)
- The sculpture indicates that Rudrama Devi visited the Sangamesvara temple at the time of its sanctification.
- The second sculptural panel is in a rectangular frame representing arrival or the Rudrama Devi on a royal elephant to this temple site, and probably a provincial chief under her control is welcoming her by stopping the running elephant with his hands
- The Ganapati Deva`s Malkapuram inscription gives more information about Kakatiya Dynasty
- The 12th and 13th centuries saw the emergence of the Kakatiyas
- They were the first feudatories of the Western Chalukyas of Kalyana, ruling over a small territory near Warangal.
- The rule of Kakatiya Dynasty is considered to be in the region Telugu & Andhra Pradesh.
- Ganapati was another king who came after Mahadeva who has made extension to Coastal regions.
- Ganapathi Deva and Rudrama Devi are the prominent among the rulers.
- As a result of the expansion policy of Delhi Sultanate under Alauddin Khalji leads the decline of the Dynasty
- Rudrama Devi was a monarch of the Kakatiya dynasty in the Deccan Plateau from 1263-1289 (or 1295) until her death.
- Rudrama Devi married Virabhadra, a member of a minor branch of the Chalukya dynasty, probably in 1240
- Rudrama Devi probably began her rule of the Kakatiya kingdom jointly with her father, Ganapatideva, as his co-regent, from 1261-62.
- She assumed full sovereignty in 1263.Unlike her Kakatiya predecessors, she chose to recruit as warriors many people who were not aristocratic, granting them rights over land tax revenue in return for their support