history of the tirumala- tirupati region – IVi iod of Vijayanagara rule 1336-1680 A.D.

Tondamandalam was included in the kingdom of Vijayanagara from the  time of its foundation and continued as part of it till the time of its fall The period of the rule of the Sangama, Saluva, Tuluva and \ Aravidu  dynasties of Vijayanagara constitutes the most brilliant epoch in i lie history of the Tirumala-Tirupati region and ofits temples.
The Sangama Dynasty;- The earliest record of this dynasty h ii me I in this region belongs to the time of Harihara I, the second ruler  (I 135-1377). One important event of the time which is not I in iwii from the inscriptions but is mentioned in the Koyil-Olugu is iIn- lemoval of the processional image of Ranganatha from the Tirumala to Srirangam. Kumara Kamaparaya, a Vijayanagara prince,eral of this prince, got this ullage re installed at Srirangam in 1371 A.D. The idol was taken to (i m icc- and kept there for some time and then finally restored to the I’.u ig.inatha temple. In all probalility, it was removed from Tirumala linn about 1368 A.D. The next ruler, Harihara II, is mentioned in an ms. option from Tirumala.
I )evaraya II (1406-1447), the greatest ruler of the Sangama dynasty, was a great devotee of Sri Venkatesvara. He visited the . tuple and worshipped the god the November, 1428 A.D. and made a substantial gift for the restoration of Vedaparayanam in the I numala temple.
Mallikaijuna, the last king of the Sangama family, is represented in the records from both Tirumala and Tirupati. Other important persons that figure in this region are Saluva Gopayya, Saluva Timmaraja, Saluva Parvataraja, Saluva Tirpurantaka, Kampayadeva, Saluva Erramaraja, Tammayadeva Coda and Vallabhayadeva. Saluva Narasimha, who was the generalissimo and the de facto ruler during the last days of the Sangama dynasty, was a great benefactor of the Tirumala and Tirupati temples. His institution of the Anna-unjal-Tirumal in the temple of Sri Venkatesvara in a mantapa specially constructed for the purpose was a valuable benefaction.

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