Short notes on Khusrau’s Campaigns

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Having completed these arrangements, the king returned to the capital on April 5, 1318. But he ordered Khusrau to lead expeditions against other southern states which had not sent tributes for a number of years. Ballala, the ruler of Dwarasamudra, was at this time away from the capital to get a chunk of territory of the Pandya kingdom who were engaged in civil war.

He hastened back home but before his arrival, one of his officers, Katari Saluva Raseya Nayaka had defeated the Muslim forces who were forced to retire. Khusrau Khan had meanwhile led an expedition against the ruler of Warangal, Prataparudra who had not sent the tribute for some time.

Prataparudra attacked the Imperial army with 10,000 horses and innumerable foot soldiers but Khusrau with only 300 Turkish horsemen pushed them back into the mud fort which was besieged. A vigorous attempt was made by the besiegers to hurl back the invader but they were defeated and a bastion of outer fort was captured.

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Antil Mahta, commander of Prataparudra’s forces, was killed in action. According to another source, he was captured and taken to Khusrau who spared his life. The outer fort was captured and the Imperial forces invested the inner fortress. Prataparudra was alarmed and sued for peace.

He agreed to Khusrau’s terms to surrender five districts, Badarkot, Kailas, Basudan, Elor and Kobar and pay an annual tribute. Khusrau ordered the siege to be raised; treated Prataparudra kindly and except the fortress of Badarkot, returned the other ceded districts. Khusrau now returned to Delhi after completing his mission.

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