Temple inscription throws light on birth star of Rajendra Chola I

The inscription in a sub-temple built by Rajendra Chola I (1012-1044), one of the most important kings of the Imperial Cholas, inside Tiruvarur threw new light on his birth star.

Published: 20th December 2012 12:43 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th December 2012 12:43 PM   |  A+A-

Temple

The inscription in a sub-temple built by Rajendra Chola I (1012-1044), one of the most important kings of the Imperial Cholas, inside Tiruvarur threw new light on his birth star.

Kudavayil Balasubramanian, a noted archaeologist and historian who deciphered the inscription in the Thiagarasar temple, said the king in the inscription clearly noted that the Margazhi Tiruvathirai (star) day should be celebrated as a festival for Lord Shiva, the Iyppasi Sathayam (star) day-the day of the birth of his father Rajarajan-I should be celebrated as a festival besides his own birth star day of Aadi Tiruvathirai also as a festival.

He also arranged separate endowments for these festivals.

“Historians like K A Neelakanta Sastri, T V Sadasiva Pandarathar relied on the inscription in Thiruvottriyur temple which spoke about celebrating the Margazhi Tiruvathirai day, the auspicious day for Lord Nataraja, as ‘Rajendra Cholan day’. It did not have any reference to the effect that the Margazhi Tiruvathirai day is the birth day of Rajendra chola, Balasubramanian said.

Rajendra Chola became emperor in 1014 after the demise of his father.

Official sources said the Government of Tamil Nadu was planning to celebrate the 1,000th year of Rajendra Chola shortly. There is a proposal to perform Kumbhabhisekam at the Brihadeeswara temple in Gangaikondal Cholapuram built by Rajendra Chola I.

Stay up to date on all the latest Bengaluru news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp