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The troops amount in number to eleven LAK (1,100,000). One might seek in vain throughout the whole of Hindustan to find a more absolute RAI; for the monarchs of this country bear the title of RAI. "The city of Bidjanagar is such that the pupil of the eye has never seen a place like it, and the ear of intelligence has never been informed that there existed anything to equal it in the world. It is built in such a manner that seven citadels and the same number of walls enclose each other. Around the first citadel are stones of the height of a man, one half of which is sunk in the ground while the other half rises above it.
135] "Roses are sold everywhere. These people could not live without roses, and they look upon them as quite as necessary as food.... Each class of men belonging to each profession has shops contiguous the one to the other; the jewellers sell publicly in the bazaars pearls, rubies, emeralds, and diamonds. In this agreeable locality, as well as in the king's palace, one sees numerous running streams and canals formed of chiselled CHAPTER 7. The City of Vijayanagar in the Reign of Deva Raya II. D.
Deva Raya II. D. ) 1449) 30 A Forgotten Empire: Vijayanagar; A Contribution to the History of India Warangal deserted the Raya and withdrew. "Early in the morning Lodi Khan, Aulum Khan, and Dillawer Khan, who had marched during the night and forded the river at distance, reached the environs of the enemy's camp.  A body of the mussulmauns entered the garden for plunder, and Dewul Roy, being alarmed, fled almost naked into the sugar−cane plantation. Here he was found by the soldiers, who thought him only a common person, and −− having loaded him with a bundle of canes, obliged him to run with it before them.
A Forgotten Empire - Vijayanagar - History of India by Robert Sewell