The Vijayanagara Empire

 The Vijayanagara Empire was a powerful empire based in South India that existed from the 14th to the 17th century. Its capital was the city of Vijayanagara, which was located in what is now the state of Karnataka. The empire was known for its strong military, impressive architecture, and cultural achievements. It controlled a large portion of South India and had a diverse population that included Hindus, Muslims, and Jains. The empire began to decline in the 16th century and was ultimately defeated by the Deccan Sultanates in 1565. Despite its fall, the legacy of the Vijayanagara Empire continues to be felt in South India to this day.