No Aryan – Dravidian divide. It was one Aryavartha (21)
The inscriptions on the copper plates excavated from Thiruvaalankaadu
reveal an important fact about Yugas.
There is mention about the end of Tretha yuga
sometime after Kavery was brought to the
This shows that this period came to a close
at a measurable and a more recent time in the past.
If Tretha yuga had come to a close about 12 lakh years ago,
the details such as the ones found in the inscriptions
could not have been made.
After Mandhatha, the Chola lineage goes like this.
Cholavarman (Founder of Chola dynasty)
Chitradhanvan (who brought Kavery river)
Vyaghraketu (last king of Tretha yuga)
In the Ikshvaku dynasty of Rama,
the 9th king after Mandhatha was Bhageeratha who brought the
In the Chola lineage, 20th king after Mandhatha brought the Kavery.
But Rama was the 25th King after Mandhatha!
we can conclude that Kavery basin was
inhabited by the Cholas and his subjects
when Ram built Sethu to cross the oceans.
As found in the inscription,
the Cholan king was motivated by the feat of a cousin (Bhageeratha)
in the lineage in having brought the river.
If familial connection was not there or
if interaction between people of Bharatha varsha was not there,
this particular note could not have been made.
This is also proof to the contention that this land was one
and only one from ancient times.
“(V. 35.) Having come to know that king Bhagiratha engrossed in penance
brought down (from heaven) the river of gods (i.e., Ganga) (to earth),
this king (also) desirous to fame brought her (i.e., Ganga)
to his dominions under the name Kaverakanyaka (i.e., Kaveri)”
The tiger emblem was embraced by them
from the times of a descendant of Chithrartha in Tretha yuga.
After this king, the genealogy does not seem to give details
of every king who succeeded.
Again there is not much mention of kings in Dwapara yuga.
There are 3 Perunarkillis who have been praised in PuranaanUru.
We have to analyze deep into these verses.
Already two verses of PuranaanUru can be dated at around Mahabharatha war
that occurred before Kaliyuga started
-one on Cheran Perum Chotru udhian and
another on Pal yaaga shalai Mudukudumi peruvazhuthi.
We should look for clues on the Chozhan king of this period.
The most interesting one is on Karikaal Chozhan.
The inscription negates the popular opinion about him.
Contrary to popular belief that he had burnt his legs,
his name derivation is attributed to his valour
in overpowering elephants (kari)
and enemies and also the kali.
The inscription mentions the embankment he built on Kaveri.
“(V. 42.) In this (king’s) family was born he, the leader of all the lords
of the earth,
the foremost of the great on account of his virtues,
the king who renovated (the town of) Kanchi with gold,
who had established his glorious fame by constructing embankments
of the Kavery
(river) and whom (people) called Kalikala
because (he) was (the god of) death to the elephants (kari) (of his enemies)
as also to the Kali (-age).”
(to be continued)
(to be continued)