Thursday, February 21, 2008

Rajaraja Chola the great!!

Rajaraja Chola I rated by many as the greatest king of the Chola kingdom, who governed between 985 and 1014 CE. He established the foundation for the growth of the Chola kingdom into an empire, by conquering the kingdoms of southern India and the Chola Empire extended as far as Sri Lanka in the south, and Kalinga (Orissa) in the northeast. He fought many battles with the Chalukyas in the north and the Pandyas in the south. By conquering Vengi, Rajaraja laid the foundations for the Chalukya Chola dynasty. He invaded Sri Lanka and began a century-long Chola occupation of the island.

He leveled the administrative mechanisms with the segregation of the empire into various districts and by standardising revenue collection through systematic land surveys. He built the extraordinary Brihadisvara Temple in Thanjavur and through it enabled wealth distribution amongst his subjects. His successes enabled the splendid achievements of his son Rajendra Chola I under whom the empire attained the greatest extent and carried its conquest beyond the seas.

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