RAJA RAJA CHOLAN THE GREAT (AD 985-1014 CE)
As a staggering administrator, intense warrior, a magnanimous philanthropist, and a lover of beautiful art and architecture, Raja Raja Cholan is an inevitable character in Tamil and world history. From modern-day Sri Lanka in the south to Odisha in North to Malabar Coast and the Maldives, Arulmoli Varman (Raja Raja Cholan’s birth name), the Tamizh King expanded his empire throughout Asia. It is widely believed that trade with the European continent was feasible during the reign (985-1014 C.E) Raja Raja Cholan. His political benchmark theories and generosity allowed local governance in a period where no emperor was doing it. His linchpin construction Peruvudaiyar Temple (Brihadeeswara) is the epitome of excellence since 1010 C.E. To say about Raja Raja Cholan in a single phrase – He is the KING OF KINGS. Rajendra Cholan, his son succeeded Raja Raja Cholan after his legendary father’s death in 1014 C.E. Childhood & Early Life. The greatness of Raja Raja Cholan can’t be described through words. He is a legendary king, who prophesied the future and led his country a step forward. Rajakesari Arulmozhi Varman as he was known during his childhood days, came to the throne in the month of July 985 AD. Being the third son of Paramtaka II also known as Sundara Cholan and Vanavan Madevi, he had great learnings from his parents and scholars. Even as a Yuvaraj, Raja Raja Cholan had great visions on his kingdom and his rule. The Golden era: As Raja Raja Chola accessed the throne, the golden era bloomed. The personal ability of Raja Raja Cholan makes him a peerless ruler of all rulers and the greatest of all the great Chola emperors. He not only made himself a peerless leader but also guided his son Rajendra I to follow his steps and laid a great foundation for his splendid achievements. Under Raja Raja Cholan rule the empire attained its greatest extant and carried its arms beyond the seas. The reason why his rule is hailed as the golden age is because of the flawless civil service and well-planned irrigation system. Raja Raja Cholan was very determined in maintaining a strong military force. grandmaster in versatile fields The Interests of Raja Raja Cholan can’t be labeled as one. He is the man of multi-facets, with a great passion for many things. He is a remarkable architect, efficient economist, lover of art and literature, an eminent philosopher, and above all a supreme thinker. His ideologies are far beyond our knowledge. Through his organization in the field of art and architecture; in religion and literature, we can witness the work of a powerful force newly liberated by the progressive imperialism of the time. Raja Raja Cholan was the very first Tamil king to come up with the great idea of formulating an official record of all the chief events of his rule and his achievements. Not to blow his own trumpet but to make his successors follow the path of wisdom. A man of great conduct and a patron of arts.