After the death of Veera Ballala, the
Sultan's generals once again became powerful. They recaptured the regions
taken from them by Veera 13611ala and once again became the lords of the
The kings of Vijayanagar had thus tocontinue
the half-finished struggle for freedom in the South. But they used different
tactics. They decided to surround Madurai instead of attacking it directly.
All long the eastern coast, from Kanchee- puram to Rameswaram they captured
important places. The people in these regions, who had become disgusted
with the misrule of the Sultan's officers gladly accepted the lordship
of the rulers of Vijayanagar. Hakka and Bukka beganmaking preparations
to march on the Southern army posts of the Sultan of Delhi.