Champion of Country and Dharma, A Good King
Harihara became the king when the New
Kingdom was born in 1336. He ruled till 1356. He had to strengthen the
defence of the borders; he had to build up a good system of government.
These took up much of his time.
As already said, the Sangama dynasty
was the first to rule over Vijayanagar and Harihara was its first king.
Kriyashakti Pandita of the Kriyashakti Peetha, belonging to the Kalamukhakirti
sect, was his guide in administration. After the death of Veera Ballala,
the southern parts of the Hoysala Empire came under the rule of the king
of Vijayanagar. Dorasamudra, the capital of the Hoysala kings, had been
attacked by enemies and was in a sad state. It could not resist another
attack. So Hakka had to rebuild it and make it strong. He had to plan also
the defence of the surrounding areas. Temples and mutts (seats of holy'-teachers
of religion) were almost in ruins. Hakka had to bring back to the temples
and mutts the honor due to them. He engaged himself in this work" with
sincerity and devotion. Fouryears after the death of Veera Ballala, Hakka
visited Sirngeri with his close relatives and officers. Adi Sankaracharya
established the Sringeri Jagadguru Peetha at Sringeri in his efforts to
give new strength to Hindu Dharma. When Hakka visited the Mutt, Sri Bharati
Tirtha was in the seat. Hakka and his brothers were very respectful towards
the Swamiji and requested his blessings. They also granted many donations
in keeping with the worth and the high place of the Peetha.
Hakka and Bukka were incomparable warriors.
They continued the freedom struggle started by Veera Ballala and saved
Hindu Dharma and culture when they were in great danger.
Hakka died in 1356. Bukkaraya succeeded
him as king.