The Golconda Sultans began occupying the coastal Andhra territories of the Nandapur kingdom during the reign of Maharajah Balaram Dev (1571-1597)

At first Balaram Dev battled Mir Zainulabdeen with an army of 5000 cavalry-30,000 infantry. The King was defeated & fled to his fort.
Balaram Dev led an army with Harichandran Bahubalendra of Krishnakotta of 2000 cavalry, 30,000 infantry and 100 elephants to fight Chungiz Khan, the commander of Golconda army of 5000 horse and 10,000 infantry.
The battle started in the centre of an inaccessible valley.
In a dramatic turn of events, the soldiers of Golconda gained heights in surrounding hills and came down upon Balaram Dev’s army from all four sides.
Balaram Dev was defeated and Harichandran fled from the battle. The king was forced to pay 30,000 hoons & 50 elephants for peace.
The kingdom became a tributary of Golconda Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. Balaram Dev died in 1597 and was succeeded by his son Raja Yashasvaan (or Yashovant) Dev.
This king was not in favour of paying huge sum of tributes to the Sultan and as a result planned to retaliate.
Raja Yashasvaan mustered a huge army of 50,000 infantry & 1000 elephants to defeat Syud Hussun, the Governor of Krishnakotta that was renamed to Kasimkotta.

The army attacked the Syud Hussun at night who was caught unprepared for resistance. He called for help from the Sultan.
Ferishta states that “the Hindoos spread themselves in all quarters and laid waste the country (Kasimkotta).”
Soon reinforcements were sent by the Sultan under the commandership of Chungiz Khan & Dhurma Row. Meanwhile, Raja Yashasvaan seeing his victory returned to his capital.
Chungiz Khan & Dhurma Row arrived with a massive army and got back Kasimkotta. But they did not stop there & seized the capital of the Raja Yashasvaan and were helped by his nephew, Krishna Raj.

They defeated the king and placed his nephew Krishna Raj as the new king of Nandapur
All this information can be found in the ‘History of the Rise of the Mahomedan Power in India, Vol. 3’, by Ferishta, English translation by John Briggs.

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