As soon as the army was ready, Bukkaraya
entrusted his second son, Kampana, with the task of capturing Madurai.
Kampana was young but brave; he was determined to finish any task he undertook.
He was an expert in the science of warfare. When Bukkaraya was engaged
in driving the foreigners out of his kingdom, Kampana had fought by his
side. He was also well trained in the art of ruling. He had, in addition,
the wisdom to bring round to his own side the defeated enemies and make
them faithful supporters of the Empire.
Tondaimandalam was a kingdom to the
east of Vijayanagar. The Bahamani kings had an eye on it. The ruler of
this kingdom was one Champaraya. Bukka had offered his hand of friendship
to him but Champaraya had not cared for him. So the Sultans of Bahamani
were planning to attack Tondaimandalam. Bukka saw that, if Tondaimandalam
fell into the hands of the Sultan, his Vijayanagar would be in danger.
So Kampana's army marched against Champaraya. Champaraya was defeated;
the chieftains under him wanted to come to terms with Kampana. But Champaraya
himself was stubborn. He took shelter in a fort known as Rajagambhira.
Kampana had no choice; he had 'to attack Rajagambhira. Champaraya died
in the battle. So Kampana was able to bring Tondai- mandalam under the
Vijayanagar King. By that time, he had received sad news. All worship had
stopped in the sacred places of the south like Chidambaram, Srirangam and
Madurai. Once, thousands of pilgrims used to go to these holy places. But
now the sacred images were no longer there. The Sultan's officers were
responsible for it. The local people, afraid of these foreigners, had shifted
the idols from the temples to safer places. Kampana could not bear the
news. He laid siege to Madurai. The Sultan's general died on the battlefield.
Madurai became free. Srirangam also became free, thanks to Kampana.