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2]. The power of this legend is attested by its being referred to in almost all studies concerned with Vijayanagara. The legendary narrative about the building of the new city by king Harihara in the auspicious place indicated to him by the sage Vidyāraňya (Mādhava) is also referred to in the monograph on Sāyaňa by Modak (MODAK 1995: 6-7) who identifies the source of the legend as the Vidyāraňyakālajñāna, probably a later work attributed to Mādhava–Vidyāraňya himself. The legend of the city of Vijayanagara has a number of versions.

Some of them inspired literary production in the times after the collapse of the historical Vijayanagara; see, for instance, WAGONER 1993 and GOODDING 2002: 6-19. The origins of the empire must have already been modelled into something extraordinary while the Vijayanagara kingdom was taking its imperial shape; cf. ] necessitated a novel historiographical experiment. ” A telling, if not paradoxical, example of the working of the legend up to our times is the title of a chapter in a contemporary work – “The Legend of Vijayanagara’s Historical Origins” [JACKSON 2006: 1] – and its characteristic formulation: “The origin story presented here is a composite of legends and memories, Hindu inscriptions and accounts written by Muslim historians.

KRIPACHARYULU 1986: 1. For the related problem of the origin of the first Vijayanagara dynasty of Saģgama kings, see FILLIOZAT 1973: XI-XV and STEIN 1997a: 19-20. 67 Not much research has been done on the fourteenth-century Śŗģgeri circle of Vedānta thinkers; one of the classic studies in this field remains MAHADEVAN 1976. 68 3. Some sources also indicate a further name, Jñanendra Sarasvatī. See JACKSON 2006: Chapter 1. The Quest for the Author: Looking for Sāyaňa 41 ţha(-nātha)69 and Sarvajñavişňu,70 though the impact of the first of the four could have been felt by Sāyaňa only in his early years, as Vidyātīrtha is said to have died around 133371 when Sāyaňa would probably have been around eighteen years old.

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