The audience at a book launch held in the city on Saturday got a slice of Chola history as the significant contributions of emperors Raja Raja Chola and Rajendra Chola were discussed at length.
Authored by Tamil scholar and historian G. Deivanayagam, the book on the great emperor of India – Sri Raja Raja Chola in Tamil, spoke about the emperor’s administrative system which was still relevant and revealed several well-researched facts about the Chola dynasty, noted speakers.
The event was jointly organised by the Thanjavur Thamil Sangam and the Heritage Inspired. Releasing the book, A. Natarajan, director, Passport Authority of India, said Prof. Deivanayagam has authored 73 books. “Such books help in nurturing Tamil and its culture and learning about its roots.”
Receiving the first copy, Justice S. Vimala, retired judge of the Madras High Court, said the book brought forth facts from the past that were relevant today.
Noting that it was befitting to describe the emperor as ‘Sri Raja Raja Chola The Great’, Mr. Deivanayagam said he made several reforms for his people. He was the first king to provide a postal address system and contributed immensely to temple architecture. “My aim was to reach out to the younger generation about such rich history,” he said.
Raja Raja Chola had established several departments such as police and disaster management centuries ago, speakers said.