Battle of Takkolam gave a body blow to the Chola power. The crown prince, Rajaditya was killed in the battle and there was a dynastic chaos in the Chola Empire from 950 to 985 after the king Parantaka died – five kings changed in the duration and the kingdom became an obscure entity from being… Read More Battle of Takkolam – Atakur Inscription
Rajendra Chola is one of the most famous of the Chola kings. A copper plate grant of his, known as Tiruvalangadu grant, gives a detailed story of the genesis of the dynasty besides other things. Well, I have got a few problems with that grant when juxtaposed with the fact that The Modern Cholas are… Read More Are the Cholas Really Tamil?
Well, they don’t know what’s their origin, they don’t know what their ancestors did. The older one gives a brief picture while the newer one is a more floral one. Poor guys…Can’t do much. Or is it multiple attempts to create a history for them, knowing that they are just petty rulers who were suddenly… Read More Modern Cholas – The confused lot
Discovered in 1905, these plates are one of the best indicators of how the Pallava Empire ended. Well, like any other kings, they linked themselves to one of the main dynasties of Puranic India. In their case, it’s the Ikshvakus – Chola is the son of Dushyanta. A few names, and then a break after… Read More Tiruvalangadu Copper Plates – A Floral Origin of the Cholas and References to the End of Pallavas
Once Chokkanatha Nayaka, the ruler of Madura, sent his relatives and agents to his court with presents of cloth and jewels to request from Vijayaraghava Nayaka, the hand of one of his daughters. They told Vijayaraghava that the relationship between the two families was no new one and had continued from the time of Raja… Read More The Tragedy of Tanjore – The end of Tanjore Nayaks and the start of Tanjore Marathas
One dynasty which is probably overhyped, be it due to megalomania or due to inferiority complex, much more than the rest is the Pandyan Empire. No questions that the word Pandya is very antique, having references in Mahabharata and elsewhere, but the reality is that they are petty rulers who ruled a carved out area… Read More Pandyan Empire – An Overhyped Kingdom?
Before reading through the article, please keep one fact in mind. This incident happened in 1317, after the Kakatiya Emperor Prataparudra faced three invasions from Delhi Sultanate, two of which he lost and six years before the end of the kingdom.There is an inscription is engraved on the south wall of the Chandana Mantapa in… Read More Pandyan Civil War – The Greatest Advance of the Kakatiyas