Temple Inscriptions, Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Rajaraja Chola I titled as Rajakesari Arumolivarman (985-1014 CE) ruled for about three decades with unmatched war victories both with foreign countries and across India was also well known for his administrative skills, proponent of art and literature, and his religious tolerance. His successor Rajendra Chola I (1012-44 CE), was as brilliant and the Chola dynasty reached its zenith during his rule - well known as the most extensive, powerful and influential Hindu kingdom of its time.
Rajaraja I ensured that all transactions pertaining Brihadisvara temple in Thanjavur would be recorded and much of the important notes inscribed on temple walls, columns or steps. His successors continued the good practice thus in a way creating a preserved official record lasting for centuries and these delivered apart from accounting all transactions also a detailed chronological history of each king’s rule.
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