Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur

March 26, 2016 at 5:12 pm Leave a comment

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On 25th of March early in the morning we came to Thanjavur periya Kovil. The beauty of  this Temple attracts me always. The King Raja Raja Chola built the Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur, one of the largest Hindu temples in Tamil Nadu. Raja Raja Chola was a renowned king who ruled over the Chola kingdom of southern India between 985 and 1014 CE. He was born in 947, the third child of Parantaka Sundara Chola and Vanavan Maha Devi of the Velir Malayaman dynasty and was named Arulmozhi Varman. He had an elder brother Aditya Karikalan and an elder sister Kundavai. Aditya Karikalan, the crown prince was assassinated in suspicious circumstances in 969. After the death of Aditya, Sundara Chola announced that Uttama Chola will succeed him to the throne. Arulmozhivarman ascended the throne after the death of Uttama Chola in 985.

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 Chola also launched several naval campaigns that resulted in the capture of the Malabar Coast as well as the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

Raja Raja Chola died in 1014 and was succeeded by his son Rajendra Chola.

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