Dear guys & gals,
Thanks to all for your encouraging comments.
As requested by Shankar and Srivatson I’m providing some useful
resources on Chola History. Pavitra – I shall take up your questions
a while later.
* Raja raja cholan by R.Ponnammal (Tamil) – Vanathi Pathippagam
An introductory book on Rajaraja – useful for beginners and those
interested only in his life.
* Pirkala chozhar varalaru (Tamil) – 2 volumes by T.V.Sadasiva
pandarathar (Tamil) – Annamalai Univ publications.
An authoritative treasie on 12 generations of later chola history by
a respected scholar. This book is THE MOST BASIC RESOURCE which kalki
used for PS. After reading this – you’ll be amazed how Kalki has used
historic evidences with great imagination. For example, there is a
passing reference to a old tamil song beginning “Sundara chozhar
thinmaiyum vanappum …etc..” Kalki will pull these lines out from
the mouth of Buddha bikshu in choodamani viharam.
* The Cholas (English) – 3 vols by K.A.Neelakanda sastri – Madras
Another authoritative and detailed treasie by an eminent historian.
I’m yet to read this book but I see many other authors quoting this
work. Probably this was the first serious work on chola history by
* Chozhar varalaru (Tamil) – by Dr.M.Rajamanickanar – Saiva
siddhantha noorpadhipu kazhagam.
Among the historians of Tamil history I place Dr.M.R above the rest.
The way he presents the facts, his deep research in the subject are
amazing. I’m yet to read this book but I’ve read his Pallavar
varalaru. Awesome research ! This is meant for serious readers.
* The Chola temples (Eng) – by Archaeological survey of India
Simple yet elusive details on 3 main temples of chola times that
survive till date.
* Pazhuvoor Pudhaiyalgal (Tamil) – by Dr.R.Kalai kovan – Saiva
siddhantha noorpadhipu kazhagam.
Son of Dr.M.Rajamanickanar, Dr.R.Kalai kovan is one of the leading
archaeologists currently in tamil nadu. His work on Pazhuvoor and its
kings are absolutely wonderful.
That reminds me of something else. (Sorry for the deviation)
Dr.R.Kalai kovan is having a small organization under his umbrella -
called Dr.M.Rajamanickanar Institute of Hoistoric research. It’s
essentially a group of people interested in archaeology and who do
excavations in co-ordination with Archaeological Survey of India.
Frequently, this group’s name will be apprearing in papers like
If any of you are interested in participating in live archaelogical
digs involving chola times – you should join this group. It is in
Trichy. I’ve been trying to locate this group’s address for some
time – shall be very grateful if one of you can identify this for the
benifit of all !
* Recent books by Kudavail S.Balasubramaniam
This scholar has written wonderful books about cholas (Sorry, I don’t
have the titles now). He was working in Saraswathi Mahal library.
Some of his recent finds are stunning.
(For ex. how many of you know that Tanjore temple gopuram was fully
plated with gold at the time of Rajaraja ? )
I think he has come out with some latest books and there was some
mention about his works recently in The Hindu.
* There are also many other detailed books like “Rajarajeswaram”,
Chozhar valartha kalaigal” etc. etc.
Unfortulnately many of them are not available widely and sleeping in
some dark corner in university libraries. We should think about doing
something about it.
I also have references to many other historic titles – covering not
just cholas but pallavas and pandiyas as well. If the group is
interested I shall share them with pleasure.
Thanks for the time.