Kulothunga Chola II
|Kulothunga Chola II
இரண்டாம் குலோத்துங்க சோழன்
Chola territories c. 1150 CE
|Reign||c. 1133 – c. 1150 CE|
|Successor||Rajaraja Chola II|
|Issue||Rajaraja Chola II|
|List of Chola kings|
|Interregnum (c. 200 – c. 848)|
Kulothunga Chola II was a 12th-century king of the Chola Dynasty of the Tamil people of South India. He succeeded his father Vikrama Chola to the throne in 1135 CE. Vikrama Chola made Kulothunga his heir apparent and coregent in 1133 CE, so the inscriptions of Kulothunga II count his reign from 1133 CE.
Kulothunga II reigned over a period of general peace and good governance. There is no record of any warfare except for the reduction of Chola control over the conquered Eastern Chalukyas territories, which had been won by his father.
Patron of Chidambaram
Chidambaram is one of those five places where Chola princes were invested with the crown. Kulothunga was a great devotee of the Chidambaram Temple to Lord Shiva in that city, and he celebrated his coronation there. He also financed an elaborate renovation of the temple. The poem Kulothunga Cholan Ula describes in the work carried out. It is possible that this renovation work was a continuation of work started by Vikrama Chola.
Personal life and family
Kulothunga II preferred to live in Chidambaram rather than the royal capital at Gangaikonda Cholapuram.
Of the various titles had, Anapaya was perhaps his favourite. It is found in his inscriptions as well in the poetic tribute Kulothunga Cholan Ula. He was also called Tirunirruchola.
Kulothunga II is known to have very sadistically perseucted several Vaishnavites out of his sheer hatred towards Worshipers of Lord Vishnu.
Kulothunga II was succeeded by Rajaraja Chola II in 1150 CE.
Rajaraja Chola II
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- Nilakanta Sastri, K.A. (1955). A History of South India, OUP, New Delhi (Reprinted 2002).