THIRUMURAI KONDA CHOLAN RAJARAJAN

THIRUMURAI KONDA CHOLAN RAJARAJAN

Rajaraja cholan is known with other name called Thirumurai Konda Cholan. The reason behind this name is his part of interest in Tamil culture like music, dance, poetry. This made him to visit the Chidambaram Nadarajar Temple before few days of his crowing as Chola king. In this mission he came to know that more poetry of very ancient Tamilans were hidden inside the temple of Chidambaram Temple. These enscripts were banned by the Cheras who secretely tried to invade Chola kingdom by brain washing the chola peoples. This made them to hide those poetries of Tamil and its pride as a first step.

THIRUMURAI KONDA CHOLAN RAJARAJAN

This made Rajaraja to make a visit to Chidambaram. Rajaraja was a follower of Shaivism school of Hinduism. He was tolerant towards other faiths and had several temples for Vishnu constructed and encouraged the construction of the Buddhist Chudamani Vihara at the request of the Srivijaya king Sri Maravijayatungavarman. As R is tolerant to all religions, this issue made him more anxious against the Cheras. He with the help of Nambi Aandar Nambi the famous poet and great devotee of Lord Shiva and Saivism entered the temple, came to know about the greatness of those writings asked the bramanas to open the doors of those hidden scripts.

The brahmanas in the temple opposed the mission, but Rajaraja intervened by consecrating the images of the saint-poets through the streets of Chidambaram. Rajaraja thus became to be known as Tirumurai Kanda Cholan as he saved the Tirumurai. Nambi arranged the scripts of four poets Sambandar, Appar, Sundarar and Manickavasagar made it as Tevaram, Thiruvasagam etc. Thus Saiva literature which covers about 600 years of religious, philosophical and literary development was saved by the Great Rajaraja.

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