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Ilandiraiyan (3rd/ 4th century AD) was a Tamil chieftain who ruled over Kanchipuram during the Sangam period. According to P. T. Srinivasa Iyengar, Ilandiraiyan belonged to the Pallava Dynasty and was a contemporary of the Early Chola king Karikala.


According to P. T. Srinivasa Iyengar, Ilandiraiyan ascended the throne of Kanchi during the reign of the Chola king Karikal and was probably, a feudatory of the latter. Ilandiraiyan is believed to have been a weak, minor chieftain who had little power and waged no battles.


Uruttiragannanar who wrote the Paṭṭiṉappālai, gives a vivid description of Ilandiraiyan's kingdom and capital city of Kanchi in his poem Perumpāṇāṟṟuppaṭai. He advices "poets seeking rewards" to go to the court of Tondaiman Ilandiraiyan.

Poetical compositions[edit]

Ilandiraiyan, himself, is believed to have made some poetical compositions. Ode 185 of the Puṟanāṉūṟu is attributed to Tondaiman Ilandiraiyan.