Raja Raja Cholan I

Raja Raja Cholan I

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  • Name:
  • Raja Raja Cholan I
  • Other Name:
  • Rajaraja Cholan

Raja Raja Cholan I Biography

Raja Raja Cholan I (or Rajaraja Cholan I) was a renowned Tamil king who ruled over the Chola kingdom of southern India between 985 and 1014 CE. During his reign, the Cholas expanded beyond South India with their domains stretching from Sri Lanka in the south to Kalinga in the north. Raja Raja Cholan also launched several naval campaigns that resulted in the capture of the Malabar Coast as well as the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

Raja Raja built the Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur, one of the largest Hindu temples. During his reign, the texts of the Tamil poets Appar, Sambandar and Sundarar were collected and edited into one compilation called Thirumurai. He initiated a massive project of land survey and assessment in 1000 which led to the reorganization of the country into individual units known as valanadus. Raja Raja Chola died in 1014 and was succeeded by his son Rajendra Chola.

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Updated: July 19, 2018

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