From a forwarded message:-
Raja Raja-I Chola being a Hindu king should have been cremated not buried. This is an usual tradition amongst all Hindus, including Tamils. Only in 1990s the LTTE started a tradition of burying its fallen heroes, whom it called Mahaviras, to keep alive their memory, which is otherwise lost in cremation. Were the other Cholas also buried, not cremated, and their memorials known? It is a question Karunanidhi must ask himself why Lord Rama is remembered across milleniia while historicals monarchs like Chandragupta Maurya, Asoka etc were forgotten? And if Raja Raja-I were really buried, with whom does the responsibility of its memorial's upkeep vested? Tamil country has been remarkably free from the iconoclasitc invasions that rocked Northern India. After the dissolution of Vijayanagara empire, Nayakas has wielded power in different parts. Tanjore had a Maratha rule, which was aganst Hindu,and not given to iconoclasm. Karunanidhi's old game of pitting the Dravidian and Aryan, can easily be exposed by our knowledge and culture of Ceylonese Tamils. Although there are few Brahmins amongst them (whom Karunanidhi targets as descendants of Aryans) they are proud Hindus. -PD
"Rama is said to have been born in Kritha Yuga, which covers 17,28,000 years. Now the birthplace of Rama, born about 17 lakh years ago, has been confirmed by the judgment," he said in a statement, recalling Justice Sharma's observation that the disputed site at Ayodhya was the birthplace of Lord Ram and the disputed building was constructed by Babar.
Mr. Karunanidhi said it was a matter of regret that neither the details of Raja Raja's death, nor the place where he was buried and the site where a pillar was erected in his memory could be traced, though he lived a mere 1,000 years ago and ruled the entire South.
The Tamil Nadu government recently organised a festival at Thanjavur, the capital of the Cholas, to commemorate the millennium of the Big Temple constructed by Raja Raja.
Recalling the speech he made at the function, Mr. Karunanidhi said schemes, including land survey and democratic election ( kudavolai) of panchayat chiefs, were introduced during his reign, and the Big Temple and the epigraphs on its walls bore testimony to the achievements and political acumen of Raja Raja.
Mr. Karunanidhi said that though a proper history of the Dravidian race was not yet written, archaeologists and linguists of foreign countries opined that the Dravidian civilisation was at least 3,000 years old. "This is based on researches on Lemuria, the Indus Valley Civilization and the Tamil language."
He said the truth about how the Dravidian race lived scientifically could be explained by making comparative studies between the Dravidian and other histories. "But the Aryan civilisation that tried to upstage the Dravidian race is keen on only inculcating irrational beliefs in the people without any basis."
Mr. Karunanidhi also recalled his speech at Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district, stressing that Dravidians were descendants of a race that lived in Lemuria, lakhs of years ago.
He said the ancient Tamils' origin could be traced to Lemuria.
"Ours is a unique culture. We call it Dravidian culture to distinguish it from the Aryan culture," he said.
"A court is able to accurately pinpoint the birthplace of Lord Ram, who is said to have lived during the 'Krita Yuga' roughly 17.28 lakh years ago, but nothing is known about the manner in which the great Chola emperor Raja Raja Chola died or even where he is buried. We can only bemoan this state of affairs," Karunanidhi said, writing in DMK organ, Murasoli. He had earlier questioned Ram's existence in the contest of the Sethusamudram controversy and was assailed for making derogatory remarks against the Hindu deity.
Quoting Justice D V Sharma, the DMK leader said a court had concluded that "the disputed site is the birthplace of Ram". Beginning with references to recent functions organized in Tamil Nadu — a DMK conclave in Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district and celebrations to mark the completion of 1,000 years of existence of the 10th century Brihadeeswara temple in Thanjavur — Karunanidhi said the first was held at a spot believed to be the habitation of ancient Dravidians, while the other function was a celebration of the art, culture and civilization of Tamils.
"Raja Raja Chola's reign stands out in history for its modern administrative features and for leaving behind historical evidence in the form of monuments and inscriptions," he said. "While the truth about Dravidian history is available in the outcome of scientific research by many scholars, Aryan culture, which sought to suppress the Dravidian race, has been able to spread superstition among the public without any elementary proof," he said.