Abbakka Rani: The Warrior Queen who defeated the Portuguese
Abbakka Rani or Abbakka Mahadevi was the queen of Tulunadu who fought the Portuguese in the later half of the 16th century. She belonged to the Chowta dynasty who ruled over the area from the temple town of Moodabidri. The port town of Ullal served as their subsidiary capital.
The Chowtas followed a matrilineal system by which Tirumala Raya, Abbakka's uncle, crowned her the queen of Ullal. He also forged a matrimonial alliance for Abbakka with Lakshmappa Arasa, the powerful king of neighbouring Mangalore. This alliance was to later prove a source of worry for the Portuguese. Tirumala Raya also trained Abbakka in the different aspects of warfare and military strategy. The marriage, however was short lived and Abbakka returned to Ullal. Her husband thus longed for revenge against Abbakka and was to later join the Portuguese in their fight against Abbakka. Click here to read more.
- Early Life
- Personal Life
- Location of Ullal
- Historical Background
- War of Portuguese
- Remembering the Great Queen
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