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Iḷamcēṭceṉṉi (Old Tamil: இளம்சேட்சென்னி, IPA: [iɭəmtseːtːsen̪ːi]) was an early Tamil king of the Chola dynasty during the Sangam period. He was a great warrior and ruled the Chola kingdom with Puhar as the capital. He married a princess of the Velirs and their child was Karikala Chola. Iḷamcēṭceṉṉi was succeeded by his son, Karikala Chola, who is considered the greatest among the Early Cholas.


N.K. Sastri claims that this is the period where Magadha dynasty had established its empire from Persia to southern India. Bindusara, son of Chandra Gupta Maurya, conquered almost the whole of India except Kalinga and Cholas. It is also mentioned that Ilanchetcheni had a good relation with Bindusara[citation needed]. But fragmentary poems of Sangam in the Purananuru[citation needed] states that, Ilamcetcenni successfully resisted[citation needed] the exploration of Mauryas[citation needed] down the southern region of the Indian subcontinent. Also Sastri claims that his period of reign is 301 BCE[citation needed] – 270 BCE and Cholas overpowered Cheras[citation needed] and Pandiyas[citation needed] at this time.

V. Gurunathan rejected these claims as inflated, because there is no Purananuru verse which states the relationship or war between Cholas and Mauryas.[1]


  1. ^ முனைவர் V. Gurunathan (2001). History of Sangam Era. Thanjavur - 613005: Thanjavur University. 
  • Mudaliar, A.S, Abithana Chintamani (1931), Reprinted 1984 Asian Educational Services, New Delhi.
  • Nilakanta Sastri, K.A. (1935). The CōĻas, University of Madras, Madras (Reprinted 1984).
  • Nilakanta Sastri, K.A. (1955). A History of South India, OUP, New Delhi (Reprinted 2002).