Inscription throws light on Chola King’s birth star

Published: 20th December 2012 11:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th December 2012 11:45 AM   |  A+A-


An inscription at a sub-temple built by Rajendra Chola I (1012-1044) at the Thiagarajaswamy Temple in Tiruvarur, has thrown fresh light on the birth star of the king.

Kudavayil Balasubramanian, a noted archaeologist and historian, who deciphered the inscription at the temple, said the king had clearly noted in it that Margazhi Tiruvathirai should be celebrated as a festival for Lord Shiva.

The inscription also mentioned that the Iyppasi Sathayam, the day of his father Rajarajan-I’s birth, should be celebrated as a festival. Besides these two, Rajendra Chola had also mentioned that his own birth star day (Aadi Tiruvathirai) should be celebrated as a separate festival.

The king had also arranged separate endowments for these festivals.

“Noted historians like K A Neelakanta Sastri and T V Sadasiva Pandarathar have relied upon the inscription at the Thiyagaraja Temple in Thiruvottriyur in Chennai, which speaks about celebrating Margazhi Tiruvathirai day, an  auspicious day for Lord Nataraja, as “Rajendra Cholan festival”.

However, it did not have any reference to Margazhi Tiruvathirai as the birthday of Rajendra Cholan, Balasubramanian said.

He also noted that Rajendra Chola was anointed as the Chola King in 1012 AD by his father Rajaraja Chola, when he was alive.

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

Meanwhile official sources said that the State Government was planning to celebrate the 1,000th regnal year of Rajendra Chola shortly. There is also a proposal to perform kumbabishekam at the Brahadeeswara Temple in Gangaikondal Cholapuram built by Rajendra Chola I.


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 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 are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of 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. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp