Middle Chola Temples

by S. R. Balasubrahmanyam | 1975 | 141,178 words

This volume of Chola Temples covers Rajaraja I to Kulottunga I in the timeframe A.D. 985-1070. The Cholas of Southern India left a remarkable stamp in the history of Indian architecture and sculpture. Besides that, the Chola dynasty was a successful ruling dynasty even conquering overseas regions....

Vira Rajendra died perhaps at the beginning of a.d. 1070, and was succeeded by his son, Adhi Rajendra; but soon, there followed a period of political instability and confusion, which was happily brief. Adhi Rajendra’s rule did not last long; his premature death in the same year, the intervention in vain of the Western Chalukyan ruler, and the emergence of a brilliant leader, the grandson of the illustrious Rajendra I and heir to the Vengi throne of the Eastern Chalukyas who later on came to be known as Kulottunga I, need not detain us here. Kulottunga I’s accession to the Chola throne brought about the unification of the two kingdoms under one umbrella and the ushering in of another brilliant chapter of Chola greatness lasting for a further period of more than two hundred years.

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