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The Southern King who brought Ganga to his backyard | GangaiKonda Cholapuram

A long time ago, the mighty king of South India, Rajendra Chola, had conquered much of India's southern peninsula. And to celebrate his conquests, he wanted to build a new capital. To anoint this new city, he wanted nothing less than the sacred waters from the Ganges. So he set on a long expedition with his army to bring back the holy water from the river. But the expedition was not without danger. How did the Chola king not only conquer the kingdoms along the way but also go on to make the largest manmade lakes in India?

1000 years ago, there lived a mighty king in south India. He sent his army on a long expedition from Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu all the way to modern day Bangladesh. His army defeated many kingdoms en route, and brought back water from the holy river Ganga. He poured this water into a lake he built, the Chola Gangam, one of the largest manmade lakes in India till date. He used the water to anoint his new capital city, Gangaikonda Cholapuram. This king commanded the largest blue water navy in Indian history, and used it effectively to subdue Srivijaya, a  southeast Asian kingdom that lay 3000 kilometers away. He also brought much of South India and Srilanka under his direct control. The magnificent temple he built still stands tall as a charming celebration of his might and power. This is the story of the greatest Chola king – Rajendra Chola

All images and video footage of Gangaikonda Cholapuram by Studio A

Brihadisvara Temple inscription reading “Rajaraja”

By David George – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Rajendra Chola in Battle, Kolaramma Temple, Kolar

By WestCoastMusketeer – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, 

Brihadeeswarar Temple from the right side

By Nirinsanity – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, 

A Siamese painting depicting the Chola raid on Kedah.

By Everdawn at en.wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, 

Ornamented pillar Darasuram

By Ravichandar84 at English Wikipedia, CC BY 3.0, 




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