Posted on: 19 November 2020

Digital Rare Book:
South-Indian Inscriptions
Tamil Inscriptions of Rajaraja, Rajendra-Chola, and Others in the Rajarajesvara Temple At Tanjavur
By E. Hultzsch
Published by Superintendent, Government Press, Calcutta - 1895
Volume II - Part 3

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Emperor Rajaraja Chola I, Gold Kahavanu

Mint Place: Sri Lanka
Culture: Indian Chola Dynasty
Ruler: Raja Raja Chola I
Date: 985 to 1014 AD
Denomination: Gold Kahavanu
Diameter: 20mm
Weight: 4.32 grams
Alloy: Gold
Type: Struck

Obverse: King standing holding Jessamine flower
Reverse: King seated right, holding upraised sankh shell.
Legend: Devanagari script, Sri Raja Raja. (3 lines, right obv.)
Rajaraja Chola I (985-1014) aka Rajajaja the Great, was an emperor of the Chola Empire. Rajaraja Chola invaded Lanka in 990 AD and conquered the northern half. After ruining Anuradhapura, he made Polonnaruwa his capital on the island. Rajendra Chola (1014-1044) succeeded in extending Chola occupation over the whole island of Lanka in 1018. Lanka regained independence from the Chola occupation in 1070 under Vijayabahu I (1055-1110).


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