Keladi Shivappa Nayaka, a prominent ruler of the Keladi Kingdom in Karnataka, has left an indelible mark on the region’s history. While his legacy is well-documented, a recent discovery at the Jangamavadi Mutt in Varanasi has brought forth a new perspective on his real image.
Historical Background: Keladi Shivappa Nayaka, who ruled from 1645 to 1660, played a pivotal role in shaping the socio-political landscape of the Keladi Nayaka Kingdom. Known for his military prowess and administrative acumen, “Shivappa Nayaka implemented a pioneering revenue settlement initiative known as Sist, a policy that has garnered commendable acclaim and drawn favorable comparisons to other revenue schemes of its time.
The Jangamavadi Mutt Connection:
The Jangamavadi Mutt in Varanasi, known for its association with the Veerashaiva community and its historical archives, emerged as an unexpected source for shedding light on Keladi Shivappa Nayaka’s real image. The article explores the journey of researchers and historians to Varanasi, where they stumbled upon crucial artifacts and documents that unveiled a different facet of the Keladi kingdom and also a great Repository of Shaiva Texts.
“Mr. Ajay Kumar Sharma of Shimoga, an ardent and relentless historian, dedicatedly explores the rich history of the Keladi kings and meticulously uncovers the stories behind the historical sites associated with the Keladi Kingdom.”