28 January 2017

Indian Ocean & Rajendra I 20.3.2015

The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world’s oceanic divisions, covering approximately 20 per cent of the water on the Earth’s surface. It has Asia in the North, Africa on the WestAustralia in the East and Antarctica inthe South.

The rise of Chola Dynasty in the Peninsular India unfolded a new chapter in the annals of the country when for the first time any ruling dynasty endeavoured to conquer high seas and to expand its hegemony and dominance across the seas through development of a strong naval force. The Coronation of Rajendra Chola l in 1014 C.E. was an epoch making event in the history of the Indian subcontinent, and an important and bright chapter in the glorious history of Indian Ocean. Son of the great Rajaraja Chola 1, King Rajendra is credited with expanding the Chola Empire across the seas to SouthEast Asia and to the North up to the Ganges, with his navy, earning him the sobriquet ‘Gangai Kondan’.

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