Malakheda is now a small village in the
Sedam talluk of
The city was invaded by the Immadi
Harsha of Paramara dynasty at
Malava and it was virtually destroyed. Chalukya
kings shifted the capital to Kalyana. A Muslim chieftain
who took over the command of Manyakheta after a few
centuries was responsible for the building of a huge and strong fort which is known
as Muzzafar Kila even to
Malakhed was a strong seat of Jainism. A
Jaina temple (basadi) called
Neminatha Jinalaya possibly belonging
to the Rashtrakuta period bears witness to that fact.
Many idols of Jain deities such as Sarasvathi, Dharanendra, Padmavathi
and a few Yakshas
are to be found in this temple. The idols include Tirthankaras,
choubisi (24 tirthankaras)
and Nandishwar dvipa. There
is a famous panchdhatu shrine with 96 images.
During the rule of
Vijayanagara emperors Malakheda was a religious
center favoured by the Madhva
seers such as Akhobyateertha and Jayateertha.
The Uttaradi Matha of the
Dwaita School of philosophy of Madhvacharya
is housed in Malakhed. The remains of one of its most
prominent saints, Sri Jayatirtha are buried in a Brindavana here. He was a commentator of the celebrated
"aNuvyakhyana" of Madhvacharya
which itself is a commentary upon the "Brahma Sutras". For this commentary
called Nyaya Sudha, he is popularly known as Teekacharya.
It saddens one to know that the city
which was home for great emperors and great poets such as