SVADI DYNASTY (1555-1764)
ರಾಜವಂಶ) is one of the minor dynasties of coastal
Karnataka and Malnad region. (Hilly Area) Sonde a town near Sirsi in
The administrative model of this kingdom was inspired by the Vijayanagar Empire. The state was divided into ulitu, naadu, veente, seeme and graama. Graama (Village) was of course the smallest unit. Some poems written by Immadi Sadashiva give extensive information about the various administrative and court practices prevalent during those days. A strong wall was built around the capital town and arms and ammunitions required by the kingdom were procured from Portugee merchants.
The contribution of this dynasty to literature and other cultural fields are noteworthy. Some kings have written scholarly books and poetry. Sadashiva Raya-2 is credited with eighteen works. However, only ‘Sadashiva Neethi’ has outlived the ravages of time. It contains about 160 svara vachanas covering a wide range of themes.
temples built by the kings of this dynasty do not possess any unique
characteristics. However the Venkataramana