Vijayanagara king Sri Krishnadevaraya did a yeoman service to promote Telugu as a language and only due to his efforts, could the language get its due recognition in the country, said Union Minister of State for Human Resources Development Daggupati Purandeswari.

Participating in the concluding function of the 500 {+t} {+h} year of Sri Krishnadevaraya's coronation in Visakhapatnam district at the B.R. Ambedkar Hall here on Saturday, she said arts and culture, religious activities gained momentum in Andhra Pradesh despite the king hailing from neighbouring Karnataka.

His patronage of literary and religious events had helped several scholars come to light and temples got received good donations for their improvement. Some of them like Tirumala and Simhachalam benefited from the donation of gold ornaments also as he used to pray at these temples whenever he visited the area.

The Ashtadiggajasa in his court used to be Telugu-speaking, she said, which showed his interest in propagating the language worldwide. Local MLAs Dronamraju Srinivas and Matsyalesham Srinivasa Rao participated. The District Collector J. Syamala Rao described the Sri Krishnadevaraya regime as a Golden Period in the history of the country.