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Rare Chola inscription found near Big Temple

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Thanjavur Aug. 3 . A rare inscription belonging to the period of Rajathiraja Cholan, grandson of Raja Raja Cholan and son of Rajendra Cholan, was found at the Shivaganga tank near the Big temple here by a team of researchers.

Kudavayil Balasubramanian of Saraswathi Mahal Library, who led the team, said this was the first time an inscription belonging to the Rajathiraja Cholan period was found in the vicinity of the Big temple.

The inscription contained details of gold coins and `pooja' articles donated to the temple.

Regarding the Shivaganga tank, Mr. Balasburamanian said it was built by Raja Raja Cholan as a rainwater harvesting structure (to collect rainwater from the Big temple). It remained a water source for more than 40 years for the people of Thanjavur. The Nayak king, Chevappa Nayak, after Raja Raja Cholan, built the Sevappan tank, popularly called `Seppanavari' to store rainwater. This tank has now been completely vanished.

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