Tikkana Somayaji wrote Nirvachanottara Ramayanamu and Andhra Mahabharatamu. Their reign was ended by Vijayalaya chola who captured Thanjavur from Ilango Mutharaiyar between 848-851 CE. who also always aided the Cholas in their successful campaigns against the Chalukyas and levying tribute on the Kannada kingdoms and fought constantly with the Sinhalas, who attempted to overthrow the Chola occupation of Lanka, but until the time of the Later Chola king Kulottunga I the Cholas had firm control over Lanka. He also successfully invaded cities of Srivijaya of Malaysia and Indonesia. The Chola army was spread all over the country and was stationed in local garrisons or military camps known as Kodagams. It was serialised in the Tamil weekly Kumudam. The template for these and future temples was formulated by Aditya I and Parantaka. His successor Vijayabahu who ascended the throne in 1058 supported rebellions in the Chola province or Rajarattha in Northern Anuradhapura. Rajendra Chola II reigned as the Chola king succeeding his elder brother Rajadhiraja Chola in the 11th century. Epigraphy and literature provide few glimpses of the transformations that came over this line of kings during this long interval. The increase in the royal patronage and also the number of devadana and bramadeya lands which increased the role of the temples and village assemblies in the field. Rajadhiraja Chola II was Kulothunga Chola III's guardian and he made him his co-regent while he was still very young. Copperplate grants of the Pallava Buddhavarman (late 4th century) mention that the king as the "underwater fire that destroyed the ocean of the Chola army". As he expanded his territorial holdings, Kopperunchinga II assumed such titles as Maharajasimha, Khadgamalla, Kadava Pallava, Alappirandan, Avaniyalappirandan, Kanakasabhapathy, etc. , Sandilyan, another popular Tamil novelist, wrote Kadal Pura in the 1960s. Completed around 1030, only two decades after the temple at Thanjavur and in the same style, the greater elaboration in its appearance attests the more affluent state of the Chola Empire under Rajendra. .  A record of Virarajendra Chola's reign relates to the maintenance of a school in the Jananamandapa within the temple for the study of the Vedas, Sastras, Grammar, and Rupavatara, as well as a hostel for students. , There was tremendous agrarian expansion during the rule of the imperial Chola Dynasty (c. 900-1270 AD) all over Tamil Nadu and particularly in the Kaveri Basin.  Probably, the motive behind Rajendra's expedition to Srivijaya was the protection of the merchants' interests.  At the close of Rajendra's reign, the Pandyan empire was at the height of prosperity and had taken the place of the Chola empire in the eyes of the foreign observers. Roman coins dating from the early centuries of the common era have been found near the Kaveri delta. The navy commanders also acted as diplomats in some instances. This can be attributed to the shift in money power.  Towards the end of the 9th century, southern India had developed extensive maritime and commercial activity. The Cholas captured the places up to Tungabatra and created a vast empire.  However, there was little in common between the local chiefdoms of the earlier period and the imperial-like states of Rajaraja Chola and his successors. , The Later Chola dynasty was led by capable rulers such as Kulothunga Chola I, his son Vikrama Chola, other successors like Rajaraja Chola II, Rajadhiraja Chola II, and Kulothunga Chola III, who conquered Kalinga, Ilam, and Kataha.  Commentaries were written on the great text Tolkāppiyam which deals with grammar but which also mentions ethics of warfare. However, it is not known if they had any relation to the early Cholas. He is best remembered for his role in the battle of Koppam along with his elder brother where he dramatically turned the tables on the Chalukyan King Someshvara I, after the death of his brother in 1052. Raja Raja chozhar's life has been made up of an interesting novel material such as romance, mystery, drama.  However, relatively few Vaishnavite works were composed during the Later Chola period, possibly because of the rulers' apparent animosity towards them. He invaded the Chalukyan king and defeated him. Rajaraja Chola I was a ruler with inexhaustible energy, and he applied himself to the task of governance with the same zeal that he had shown in waging wars. In short, Cholas were first defeated by Pandyas in 1217, they were somehow restored back to power. Mahavamsa, a Buddhist text written down during the 5th century CE, recounts a number of conflicts between the inhabitants of Ceylon and Cholas in the 1st century BCE. Vira Rajendra. But the Cholas remained stable until 1215, were absorbed by the Pandyan empire and ceased to exist by 1279. Rajendra II’s elder brother, Vira Rajendra ruled from 1064 to 1074 AD.  Thanjavur became the capital of the Imperial Chola Dynasty. , The period was in particular significant for the development of Telugu literature under the patronage of the rulers.  Little is known of the fate of the Cholas during the succeeding three centuries until the accession of Vijayalaya in the second quarter of the 9th century.  Architectural historian James Fergusson says that "the Chola artists conceived like giants and finished like jewelers". , According to Tamil tradition, the Chola country comprised the region that includes the modern-day Tiruchirapalli District, Tiruvarur District, Nagapattinam District, Ariyalur District, Perambalur district, Pudukkottai district, Thanjavur District in Tamil Nadu and Karaikal District.  The Western Chalukyas mounted several unsuccessful attempts to engage the Chola emperors in war, and except for a brief occupation of Vengi territories between 1118–1126, all their other attempts ended in failure with successive Chola emperors routing the armies of the Chalukyas at various places in many wars. Kulothunga Chola II was a 12th-century king of the Chola Dynasty of the Tamil people of South India.He succeeded his father Vikrama Chola to the throne in 1135 CE. He played a major role in the political affairs of Tamil country. The Hoysalas, under Vira Someswara, were quick to intervene and this time they sided with the Pandyas and repulsed the Cholas in order to counter the latter's revival. The Indianized kingdom flourished until its eventual conquest by Conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, who with his Spanish and Latino soldiers had sailed to the Philippines from Mexico. Yet, Jatavarma Sundara Pandya defeated Chola Rajendra, the successor of Rajaraja III, Rajendra III was the last of the Vijayalaya line and his latest regnal year is 33, corresponding to AD 1279. Trade was carried on by merchants organised in guilds. Other names in common use for the Cholas are Killi (கிள்ளி), Valavan (வளவன்), Sembiyan (செம்பியன்) and Cenni. , There existed a brisk internal trade in several articles carried on by the organised mercantile corporations in various parts of the country. There was a well-developed and highly efficient system of water management from the village level upwards.  Rajendra Chola I dug near his capital an artificial lake, which was filled with water from the Kolerun and the Vellar rivers. , Rajendra Chola III who succeeded Rajaraja III was a much better ruler than his predecessor and took bold steps to revive the Chola fortunes. Mentions in the early Sangam literature (c. 150 CE)[a] indicate that the earliest kings of the dynasty antedated 100 CE. During his rule, Vira Narasimha made Kannanur Kuppam near Srirangam his second capital, with an intent to maintain close watch and control over affairs in Tamil country. All cultivable land was held in one of the three broad classes of tenure which can be distinguished as peasant proprietorship called vellan-vagai, service tenure and eleemosynary tenure resulting from charitable gifts. This period saw constant warfare between the Cholas and the Pandyas.  The Vellalar were also sent to northern Sri Lanka by the Chola rulers as settlers. They had their own mercenary army for the protection of their merchandise. A martial art called Silambam was patronised by the Chola rulers. The fortifications were mostly made up of bricks but other materials like stone, wood and mud were also used. These were the Vellalar community who formed the nobility or the landed aristocracy of the country and who were economically a powerful group. Ravivarman raided large parts of southern India in a short period by skilfully taking advantage of the weakening of the Pandya kingdom and the confusion prevailed after the Khalji raids (1311). The Tirumukkudal inscription shows that a hospital was named after Vira Chola. The Cholas are featured in the History of the World board game, produced by Avalon Hill. [i] The Chinese pilgrim Xuanzang, who spent several months in Kanchipuram during 639–640 writes about the "kingdom of Culi-ya", in an apparent reference to these Telugu Cholas. Virarajendra Chola defeated Someshvara II of the Western Chalukya Empire and made an alliance with Prince Vikramaditya VI. At the close of the 12th century, the growing influence of the Hoysalas replaced the , Around the 7th century, a Chola kingdom flourished in present-day Andhra Pradesh. Vikrama Chola made Kulothunga his heir apparent and coregent in 1133 CE, so the inscriptions of Kulothunga II count his reign from 1133 CE. The Cholas were the subject of the 2010 Tamil-language movie Aayirathil Oruvan. The medieval Kalingathu Parani text, which celebrates the victory of Kulothunga Chola I and his general in the battle for Kalinga, describes the practice in detail. The Cholars, under Rajaraja Cholan III and later, his successor Rajendra Cholan III, were quite weak and therefore, experienced continuous trouble. Rome was not built in a day. He was made his heir apparent and coregent in 1146 and so the inscriptions of Rajaraja II count his reign from 1146.  Jain and Buddhist authors flourished as well, although in fewer numbers than in previous centuries. It was Raja Raja who conquered Northern Sri Lanka while his son later led an expedition and brought Southern Sri Lanka under the Chola Empire.  The Chola Dynasty was divided into several provinces called mandalams which were further divided into valanadus, which were subdivided into units called kottams or kutrams. [k] Roman ships found their way into these ports. Through these dependent officials the administration was improved and the Chola kings were able to exercise a closer control over the different parts of the empire. He led successful expeditions to the north as attested by his epigraphs found as far as Cuddappah. Archaeological News Though Rajendra II had to struggle a lot with the Chalukyas, he was able to manage the Chola Empire. He gained victories in war against the Hoysalas, Pandyas of Madurai, Cheras of Venad, the Sinhala kings of Eelam (Ceylon), as well as the Chodas of Velanadu and Nellore. Inscriptions of 890 refer to his contributions to the construction of the Ranganatha Temple at Srirangapatnam in the country of the Western Gangas, who were both his feudatories and had connections by marriage with him. , While the Cholas did build their largest and most important temple dedicated to Shiva, it can be by no means concluded that either they were followers of Shaivism only or that they were not favourably disposed to other faiths.  Even under the emperors of the Cholas like Kulothunga I and Vikrama Chola, the wars against the Chalukyas were mainly fought in Chalukya territories in Karnataka or in the Telugu country like Vengi, Kakinada, Anantapur, or Gutti. [f] The Cholas continued to rule over a diminished territory in the neighbourhood of Uraiyur, but only in a minor capacity. Later he fought for the Chola cause again and marched all the way to Rameswaram.  Through their leadership and vision, Chola kings expanded their territory and influence. However, the rule of the later Cholas between 1218, starting with Rajaraja Chola II, to the last emperor Rajendra Chola III was not as strong as those of the emperors between 850–1215. The Chola kings built temples and endowed them with great wealth.  Some of the output of villages throughout the kingdom was given to temples that reinvested some of the wealth accumulated as loans to the settlements. [l], The Cholas' system of government was monarchical, as in the Sangam age.  The Chola school of art also spread to Southeast Asia and influenced the architecture and art of Southeast Asia. A commonly held view is that Chola is, like Chera and Pandya, the name of the ruling family or clan of immemorial antiquity.  Three diplomatic missions were sent to China in 1016, 1033, and 1077. However, his successor, the last great Chola monarch Kulottunga Chola III reinforced the hold of the Cholas by quelling rebellion and disturbances in Lanka and Madurai, defeated Hoysala generals under Veera Ballala II in Karuvur, in addition to holding on to his traditional territories in Tamil country, Eastern Gangavadi, Draksharama, Vengi and Kalinga. The best example of this can be seen in the form of Nataraja the Divine Dancer.  However, only the Chola dynasty in India was extinguished but it survived elsewhere. This indicates that Rajadhiraja Chola II was succeeded by Kulothunga Chola III, when he was alive, in 1178 CE and Rajadhiraja II lived up to 1182 CE. The last Chalukya king's territories did not even include the erstwhile Chalukyan capitals Badami, Manyakheta or Kalyani. Kadal Pura is set during the period when Kulothunga Chola I was in exile from the Vengi kingdom after he was denied the throne. The Pandya Dynasty, also known as the Pandyas of Madurai, was a dynasty of south India, one of the three ethnically Tamil lineages, the other two being the Chola and the Chera. Marital and political alliances between the Eastern Chalukyas began during the reign of Rajaraja following his invasion of Vengi. The epigraphs of Rajendra Chola III indicate a civil war between Rajaraja III and himself which came to end with the former killing the latter and ascending the throne. Thus the Chola empire was completely overshadowed by the Pandyan empire and sank into obscurity and ceased to exist by the end of the 13th century. Although Rajaraja III was still alive, Rajendra began to take effective control over the administration. Even though the later Cholas are often referred to as Chalukya Cholas, there were two breaks in the line. , The order of the King was first communicated by the executive officer to the local authorities. Rajendra Chola III was a brother and also rival of Rajaraja Chola III who came to the Chola throne in 1246 CE. Karikala Chola was the most famous among the early Chola kings, while Rajaraja Chola, Rajendra Chola and Kulothunga Chola I were notable emperors of the medieval Cholas.. The rulers of the three dynasties were referred to as "the three crowned rulers of the Tamil country". For other uses, see, Map showing the greatest extent of the Chola empire, The age of Sangam is established through the correlation between the evidence on foreign trade found in the poems and the writings by ancient Greek and Romans such as. Committees like eri-variyam (tank-committee) and totta-variam (garden committees) were active as also the temples with their vast resources in land, men and money. The climax in Chola power was achieved under the successor of Parantaka II, Arumolivarman, who crowned himself as Rajaraja I in 985 A D the next thirty years of his rule formed the formative periodof Chola imperialism. Sadayavarman Kulasekaran I was a Pandyan king, who ruled regions of South India between 1190-1216.  He also defeated two Pandya princes one of whom was Maravarman Sundara Pandya II and briefly made the Pandyas submit to the Chola overlordship. Kulottunga II was a grandson of Vikrama Chola and Rajadhiraja Chola II was not the son of Rajaraja Chola II.  The Ulavar community were working in the field which was associated with agriculture and the peasants were known as Kalamar.  The army consisted of people from different castes but the warriors of the Kaikolar and Vellalar castes played a prominent role. He was made his heir apparent and coregent in 1146 and so the inscriptions of Rajaraja II count his reign from 1146. , The Cholas under Kulothunga Chola III collaborated to the herald the dissolution of the Chalukyas by aiding Hoysalas under Veera Ballala II, the son-in-law of the Chola monarch, and defeated the Western Chalukyas in a series of wars with Someshvara IV between 1185–1190. They thoroughly exploited the lack of unity among the Tamil kingdoms and alternately supported one Tamil kingdom against the other thereby preventing both the Cholas and Pandyas from rising to their full potential. The Pandyas who were vassals of the Vijayanagar Empire wasted no time and appealed to Krishnadevaraya. "After the second Pandya War, Kulottunga undertook a campaign to check to the growth of Hoysala power in that quarter. After the war, the remaining Chola royal bloods were reduced to the state of being chieftains by the Pandyan forces as a retribution for the 3 century long rule of enslaving the Pandyans in their capital city Madurai. Tikkana is one of the kavitrayam who translated Mahabharata into Telugu language.  A second invasion was led by Virarajendra Chola, who conquered Kedah in Malaysia of Srivijaya in the late 11th century. The Chola dynasty was a Tamil dynasty of southern India, one of the longest-ruling dynasties in the world's history. Once an official in the service of the Chola king Kulothunga Chola III (1178-1218), Kopperunchinga utilized the opportunity arising out of the Pandyan invasion of the Chola country to become an independent king. There was more involvement of non-Brahmin elements in the temple administration. The Cholas, under Rajaraja Chola III and later, his successor Rajendra Chola III, were quite weak and therefore, experienced continuous trouble. It played a significant role in linking the markets of China to the rest of the world. Rajendra was at the forefront of some of Rajaraja's campaigns such as those against Vengi and Kalinga towards the end of his reign.Rajendra is also famous for making rock cut chariots. During the reign of Rajaraja’s son and successor, Rajendra, the Chola Empire’s geographical claims over India expanded further. The immediate successor of Parantaka I was his son Gandaraditya. , The Pandyas steadily routed both the Hoysalas and the Cholas. The Ashokan inscriptions speak of the Cholas in plural, implying that, in his time, there were more than one Chola. , Temple building received great impetus from the conquests and the genius of Rajaraja Chola and his son Rajendra Chola I. The Cholas are also known as the Choda. The earliest datable references to the Chola are in inscriptions from the 3rd century BCE left by Ashoka, of the Maurya Empire.   There is an inscription from 1160 AD which states that the custodians of Shiva temples who had social intercourses with Vaishnavites would forfeit their property.  Its antiquity is evident from the mentions in ancient Tamil literature and in inscriptions. The Chola army plundered the capital Kajaragama and drove the king into flight.  These were the Vellalar community who formed the nobility or the landed aristocracy of the country and who were economically a powerful group. Kulothunga Chola III also known as a Chakravarti was the ruler of the Chola empire from 1178 to 1218 CE, after succeeding Rajadhiraja Chola II.  The encouragement by the Chola court furthered the expansion of Tamil merchant associations such as the Ayyavole and Manigramam guilds into Southeast Asia and China. He led successful expeditions to the north as attested by his epigraphs found as far as Cuddappah.  These myths speak of the Chola king Kantaman, a supposed contemporary of the sage Agastya, whose devotion brought the river Kaveri into existence. One feudatory, the Kadava chieftain Kopperunchinga I, even held Rajaraja Chola III as hostage for sometime. During the reign of Rajaraja Chola I and his successors Rajendra Chola I, Virarajendra Chola and Kulothunga Chola I the Chola armies invaded Sri Lanka, the Maldives and parts of Southeast Asia like Malaysia, Indonesia and Southern Thailand of the Srivijaya Empire in the 11th century. The items of expense set apart for their comforts are rice, a doctor, a surgeon, two maid servants for nursing the patients, and a general servant for the hospital. Rajendra Chola III was the son of Rajaraja Chola III who came to the Chola throne in 1246 CE. One feudatory, the Kadava chieftain Kopperunchinga I, even held Rajaraja Chola III as hostage for sometime. Vira Narasimha II was a king of the Hoysala Empire. [page needed], The other major towns were Thanjavur, Uraiyur and Kudanthai, now known as Kumbakonam.  The Chola fleet represented the zenith of ancient Indian sea power. [clarification needed], One of the main articles which were exported to foreign countries were cotton cloth. They thoroughly exploited the lack of unity among the Tamil kingdoms and alternately supported one Tamil kingdom against the other thereby preventing both the Cholas and Pandyas from rising to their full potential. The Hoysalas, under Vira Someswara, were quick to intervene and this time they sided with the Pandyas and repulsed the Cholas in order to counter the latter's revival. Uttama Chola born Madurantaka ascended the Chola throne c. 970 CE succeeding Parantaka Chola II.According to Tiruvalangadu plates of Rajendra Chola, Madurantaka Uttama Chola's reign is placed after Aditya II.The latter may have been a co-regent of his father Sundara Chola and seems to have died before he could formally ascend the throne. Then those articles will never go to your enemies.  This expedition had such a great impression to the Malay people of the medieval period that his name was mentioned in the corrupted form as Raja Chulan in the medieval Malay chronicle Sejarah Melayu. The Pandya then turned his attention to the north and annexed Kanchi by killing the Telugu chief Vijaya Gandagopala. , The Cholas excelled in foreign trade and maritime activity, extending their influence overseas to China and Southeast Asia.  In all of these spheres, the Chola period marked the culmination of movements that had begun in an earlier age under the Pallavas. He drove out the Hoysalas under Veera Ballala II who had made inroads in the Gangavadi and adjoining areas of Tagadur in Kongu country in an effort expand their territory.  Cholas always successfully controlled the Chalukyas in the western Deccan by defeating them in war and levying tribute on them.  At the close of the 12th century, the growing influence of the Hoysalas replaced the declining Chalukyas as the main player in the Kannada country, but they too faced constant trouble from the Seunas and the Kalachuris, who were occupying Chalukya capital because those empires were their new rivals. , The Western Chalukya Empire under Satyashraya and Someshvara I tried to wriggle out of Chola domination from time to time, primarily due to the Chola influence in the Vengi kingdom. This war marks the end of Cholas reign in Tamilakam and the Chola territories were completely absorbed by the Pandyan empire.  A Chola inscription states that he captured or plundered 14 places, which have been identified with Palembang, Tambralinga and Kedah among others. The earliest datable references to the Chola are in inscriptions from the 3rd century BCE left by Ashoka, of the Maurya Empire (Ashoka Major Rock Edict No.13).  The Chola rulers actively encouraged the weaving industry and derived revenue from it. A Later Chola king, Rajadhiraja Chola II, was strong enough to prevail over a confederation of five Pandya princes who were aided by their traditional friend, the king of Lanka, this once again gave control of Lanka to the Cholas despite the fact that they were not strong under the resolute Rajadhiraja Chola II. Crimes of the state, such as treason, were heard and decided by the king himself; the typical punishment in these cases was either execution or confiscation of property. [d], The earliest Chola kings for whom there is tangible evidence are mentioned in the Sangam literature. , In the age of the Cholas, the whole of South India was for the first time brought under a single government.  These structures underwent constant change and refinement throughout the Chola period. , Kamban flourished during the reign of Kulothunga Chola III. A. L. Frothingham, Jr. Kalā: The Journal of Indian Art History Congress, The Congress, 1995, p.31, ndia: The Most Dangerous Decades by Selig S. Harrison p.31, Between 2 Oceans (2nd Edn): A Military History of Singapore from 1275 to 1971 by Malcolm H. Murfett, John Miksic, Brian Farell, Chiang Ming Shun p.16, South India and Her Muhammadan Invaders by S. Krishnaswami Aiyangar p.40-41, A Global History of Architecture by Francis D. K. Ching, Mark M. Jarzombek, Vikramaditya Prakash p.338, Technology and Society by Menon R.V.G. It records the names of the kings and the princes, and of the poets who extolled them.  Though conforming generally to the iconographic conventions established by long tradition, the sculptors worked with great freedom in the 11th and the 12th centuries to achieve a classic grace and grandeur. Sembiyan is generally taken to mean a descendant of Shibi – a legendary hero whose self-sacrifice in saving a dove from the pursuit of a falcon figures among the early Chola legends and forms the subject matter of the Sibi Jataka among the Jataka stories of Buddhism. However, these were only temporary setbacks, because immediately following the accession of king Vikrama Chola, the son and successor of Kulothunga Chola I, the Cholas lost no time in recovering the province of Vengi by defeating Chalukya Someshvara III and also recovering Gangavadi from the Hoysalas.  The weavers had their own residential sector in all towns.  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