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KELADI CHENNAMMA

An Extraordinary King

Keladi was a kingdom in the MaInad area of Karnataka. The first King of Keladi was Chowdappa Nayaka who came to the throne in 1500. He was a great hero.

In about 1645, the able King Shivappa Nayaka came to the throne. During his reign, many reforms were effected in Keladi. This King became famous as a great ruler because of his administrative reforms. Government and collection of taxes were so systematized that he came to be called 'Shistina Shivappa Nayaka' ('shistu' - meaning discipline and order and it is also known as a kind of Local Tax). His younger son Somashekhara Nayaka became the King in 1664. At that time the kingdom of Keladi stretched along the entire seacoast from Goa to Malabar.

Somashekhara Nayak was a very efficient king. With a good figure, power and wealth, he also had good qualities. He was
religious-minded, too.

Somashekhara Nayaka did not marry for several years. He was young and a king; and was also handsome, virtuous and famous. Naturally many a king tried to make him his son-in-law. The Nayaka saw many beautiful princessesses. But he never thought of marriage.

His subjects, knowing his religious mind and devotion to God, wondered whether their king would become a monk.

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Keladi Chennamma - Ruled Over Smallstate, Keladi and proved a great and heroic queen.
About Keladi Chennamma
Introduction
hand.gif (968 bytes) An Extraordinary King
'I Have Chosen My Bride'
A Happy, Blessed Union
Kalavathi, A Curse
'My Lord, Come back'
Tender Hands Rule The Land
Troubles Come In Battalions
'I Have Sinned Terribly'
A Mother To The Subjects
A Sheild For The Kingdom
'I am The Son Of Chatrapati
The Black Shadow Of The Moghul Army
An Excellent Administrator
A Fountain Of Inspiration
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