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CHOLA KINGS

Introduction : (http://indianhistory-ace.blogspot.in/2010/04/chola-dynasty-kings-list.html) & (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chola_dynasty)

The Chola empire was a kingdom which existed in South India.They had Tamilian origins but ruled large tracts of lands in adjoining Andhra, Kerala, and Karnataka.

Because of their naval power, they also colonised their kingdom included in the same the present day countries of Sri Lanka, Maldives, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Their trading sphere included their colonies and also China and the Middle East.

They played a major role in the history of south India mainly in the Sangam Age before the invasion of the Kalabhras and later the Pallavas. Their name continued in the form of the Telugu Chodas who ruled in Renandu (Cuddapah district) as feudatories of the Pallavas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas. Around the mid 9th century, Vijayalaya, a Pallava feudatory conquered Tanjore and rose from obscurity.

The Chola kings were great patrons of arts, literature, poetry and constructed several magnificent temples, the most famous being the Brihadeswara temple of Thanjavur/Tanjore.

The Chola dynasty was one of the longest-ruling dynasties in the history of southern India. The earliest datable references to this Tamil dynasty are in inscriptions from the 3rd century BC left by Ashoka of the Mauryan Empire. As one of the Three Crowned Kings the dynasty continued to govern over varying territory until the 13th century AD.

Reign and Achievements : (http://sgngaynorborade.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/india-achievements-of-cholas/)

In the Southern region of India, one race that was the most civilized was the Cholas. Karikala founded the Chola Dynasty, as believed by many during the 2nd century AD. When Karikala reigned, the capital city got moved from Uraiyur to Kaveripattanam. Karikala’s successor was Nedumudikilli. Pirates from the sea set fire to capital town. The Pandyas, Cheras and the Pallavas kept on

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