Most of the generals and officers of
the Sultan of Delhi had been defeated and driven away from the South. But
some of them had remained behind and they were trying to build for themselves
independent kingdoms. One such adventurer was Allauddin Hassan Bahamani.
He founded a New Kingdom in 1346 at Kalburgi (Gulburga of today), north
of the river Krishna. It became famous as the Bahamani Kingdom.
The Bahamani kings were adventurous.
Their ambition was to capture the whole of
South India. Particularly ambitious
was Mohammed Shah, one of the Bahamani kings. Bukkaraya was wise enough
to understand the danger from this king and developed friendship with the
King of Warangal. Mohammed Shah invaded Vijayanagar thrice and all the
three times, ran away completely defeated. But he and his successors put
up a continuous struggle to capture and land between the Krishna and the
The war with Mohammed Shah taught Bukka
a lesson; these was that he should always be alert and ready and that he
should expand his army and equip it well. There were some kings under him
who made a show of faithfulness towards him but were really unfaithful.
Bukka had to bring them under his control. In the South, the Sultan's officers
were again raising their heads after the death of Veera Ballala. They had
to be checked. Madurai was to be saved. Bukkaraya planned to achieve all
these things at one stroke. He decided to build a very huge army, unheard
of in the South at any time.