Kakatiyas rule in Andhra Pradesh | The word Andhra became popular during the Kakatiyas rule
Kakatiyas are the kings who brought Andhra Pradesh under single rule after the Satavahanas. They had ruled for over 250 years and the period between 1083 A.D to 1323 A.D is having a special place in the history. The Kakatiyas were the ministers for the Rashtrakutas in the beginning and at the time of their growth as kings, there were small kingdoms in Andhra Pradesh with many kings. Kakatiyas had defeated all of them and brought Andhra Pradesh under single rule and the word Andhra had become popular during the Kakatiyas rule. They had got the name as Andhradesadeswara. There are many stories for the origin of the Kakatiyas. Ganapathi Deva was popular among the Kakatiya kings. Rani Rudrama Devi was also very famous and Ganapathi thought of making Rudrama Devi as his heir as he had no sons. She was taught all the skills and then she was made the princess of the kingdom.
The cousins and other kings could not tolerate this and they had revolted against her. At the same time, the Devagiri king had raised a war against Kakatiya kingdom. Rudrama Devi had defeated the both dynasties and she had faced the other wars very tactfully. The next Samantha king called Ambhadevudu had revolted against Kakatiyas and established an independent kingdom. Rudramadevi had lost her life in the war against Ambhadevudu in 1289 A.D and she was brave princess who ruled Kakatiyas very well even though she was busy with wars. They had made Orugalu fort as the obstacle for the enemies. Â The historians say that the kingdom was prosperous in her rule and she ruled the kingdom very strictly. The Venice traveler had said that the kingdom was prosperous in economically and technically. Prathaparudra had taken the rule after her and there was an end to the Kakatiya dynasty when Prathaparudra lost the battle in the hands of Allauddhin Khilji in 1323 AD.