Musunuri Nayakas

A medieval ruling dynasty in South India

The Musunuri Nayakas were chieftains of 14th-century South India who were briefly significant in the region of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Musunuri Kapaya Nayaka is said to have taken a leadership role among the Andhra chieftains and driven out the Delhi Sultanate from Warangal. But his rise was soon challenged by the Bahmani Sultanate and he was defeated. The Recherla Nayakas wrested power from him in 1368.


  • Cynthia Talbot wrote in Precolonial India in Practice: Society, Region, and Identity in Medieval Andhra , ‘The seizure of the Kakatiya capital and king in 1323 had a devastating effect, for nothing of the Kakatiya politica system survived, at least in recognizable form. There were no subsequent claimants to the Kakatiya throne nor do any attested Kakatiya subordinates figure in later epigraphic records’.
    • Cynthia Talbot in Rawal M. S. & Rawal Y. S. (2019). Saffron swords. Garuda Prakashan.
  • Kapaya Nayaka! His name is familiar only amongst a few in South India. He was the leader of a confederation of Telugu nobles who united to liberate the South Indian kingdom of Warangal from the Delhi Sultanate. Delhi was then under the Tughlaqs. He drove the Tughlaqs out of the Warangal (then Telangana) territory in 1336. He ruled the region for the next 30 years.
    • Rawal M. S. & Rawal Y. S. (2019). Saffron swords. Garuda Prakashan.
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