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Re: Fwd: Krimikantha

From: Madhavakkannan V (srivaishnavan_at_HOTMAIL.COM)
Date: Wed May 17 2000 - 05:47:07 PDT


Dear Sri LAkshmi Naraishman Srinivas,

Very good answer and authenticative.
You wrote:

Q3. Were the Cholas or a specific Chola pursue a
policy of intolerance towards Srivaishnavam?

The answer is a resounding yes, at least to the second
question. For various reasons, Hari Rao thinks the
contemporary king is Kulottunga I and since his
inscriptions involving grants are recorded in the
Srirangam temple, he was not intolerant and ergo, the
entire Srivaishnava tradition of persecution against
their darsana is a fabrication.

This is quite absurd as the whole thing hinges on some
dating arrived at from conventional sources. If one
were to assume a date 50 years later than hitherto
accepted, one would arrive at Kulottunga II as the
contemporary king. This king's record does show that
he was a saiva partisan and quite possibly an anti
Vaishnava bigot.

The evidence comes from Chidambaram where it is well
known that Govindaraja swamy sannidhi was right there
by the Siva shrine. (cf Periya tirumozi 3.2.1 thru
3.2.10 and perumAL tirumozi 10.1 thru 10.11). It is
equally well known that a famous court poet
(oTTakUttar) boasted that the king he served had
"thrown an image of Vishnu in to the sea at

He makes the claim three times once each in his
KulOttungaccOLan ulA, rAjarAjaccOlan ulA and
takkayAkapparaNi. These are cited in B. Natarajan, The
city of the cosmic dance, New Delhi, 1974.

Hope this helps,



This also is referred to by the "MaRaimalai adigaLaar" in his works very 
explicitly and is referred to by Sri KrishnaPremi in his upanyasam series on 


Narayana Narayana

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