III. GANGAIKONDA CHOLAPURAM
Conquest of any kind, or of any dimension, commemorated with due pomp and splendor is a
commendable tradition followed from time immemorial. It publishes the victor's extraordinary
provides-mental or physical, spiritual or material and perpetuates his glory.
Many kings built towers of victory and temples for gods after digvijayayatras in the past.
Among them, Gangaikondacholapuram stands pre-eminent, exhibiting the unforgettable victory of King
Rajendra Chola after vanquishing the kingdoms lying on the banks, Pavana Ganga in the north.
As his achievement was unique and
exceedingly great, sp is his monument--a city of unequalled splendor. This city enjoyed the
privilege of his capital also. Another gem of those Cholas called King Kulothunga I built a very
splendid temple and dedicated it to Lord Siva. It resembles the Brihadeeswaralayant of Rajaraja
Chola, whose monument proved unique and is standing as a specimen of all times, all countries,
and all builders. It is like its counterpart the Tanjore temple is possessing a lofty granite erection
over the sanctum.