to Live And Learn
Under the Sultans of Bahamani and Delhi,
the people could not worship their own Gods. Hakka and Bukka brought them
the freedom to do so. Still, not many of them could read or understand
their religious texts. The two brothers therefore made it possible for
the learned in every religion to explain their religions to the masses.
Sri Vidyaranya wrote 'Vedartha Prakashika' for those who could not read
and understand the Vedas in the original. Efforts were made to collect
and publish Veerasaiva literature and 'Vachanas'. (The 'Vachana' is a form
of literature in Kannada. The great Veerasaiva teachers put their teachings
into short passages; these are in prose. They are very close to the spoken
language; they are in a clear and powerful style, and contain vivid pictures.)
Hakka and Bukka respected all religions equally. So Jain authors and writers
could also freely write books on their religion. Hakka and Bukka were patrons
of learning and literature. They were as interested in culture as in war.
The age of these kings was a remarkable age; the king, the religious teacher,
the scholar and the poet all respected one another; they worked together
for the good of the people. Any country should be proud of such an age
and such men.
After a successful rule of twenty-
one years, Bukkaraya passed away in 1377. His son, Harihara the Second,