THE MYSTERY OF RAJA RAJA CHOLAN

THE MYSTERY OF RAJA RAJA CHOLAN

Rajaraja the great king of medival cholas lived with pride and prosperity in his own country Chola kingdom presently named s Tamil Nadu. Rajaraja was the third child of Parantaka Sundara Chola and Vanavan Maha Devi of the Velir Malayaman dynasty and was named Arulmozhi Varman. Arulmozhivarman ascended the throne after the death of Uttama Chola in 985 -1012 AD and died in 1014 AD. Rajaraja created a powerful standing army and a considerable navy. A number of regiments are mentioned in the Thanjavur inscriptions. Rajaraja improved the coin economy instead of goods transforming while trading, music, dance, arcihitecture etc.

THE MYSTERY OF RAJA RAJA CHOLAN

Raja invaded and defeated many places all over India and captured. The Chola Navy also had played a major role in the invasion of Sri Lanka. Nearly half of the Lankans land anciently known as Eelam. Rajaraja also controlled the area around Bay of Bengal with Nagapattinam as the main port.  Raja Raja built the Brihadisvara Temple in Thanjavur dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is also known as Periya Kovil or Rajarajeswaram. The temple turned 1000 years old in 2010.

The pride and success praised above went into vain when we came to know that his death is a mystery. His death is said to be murder by a Srilankan woman where she pushed him from the 8th floor of the Big temple during construction. But it is believed to be rumoured as he died after the construction of the temple. Even though it is not clearly depicted in any ancient temple plates as how did he died? It is still a question mark. There were also rumours that he died naturally in 1014 due to sickness and ageing problems. Still researches are going on this issue but it is very hard to depict the death of the India’s greatest king Rajaraja Cholan.

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