Aditya Chola I (Tamil: ஆதித்த சோழன்)[1] (c. 870/71 – c. 907 CE[2]), the son of Vijayalaya Chola, was the Chola king who laid the foundation of the Imperial Chola Empire by the conquest of the Pallavas and occupied the Western Ganga Kingdom.[3] Aditya Chola I was succeeded by his eldest son Parantaka Chola I.

Aditya I
Rajakesari, Thondainadu kondaruliya
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Chola Territories c. 905 CE
Reign871–907 CE
PredecessorVijayalaya Chola
SuccessorParantaka I
Died907 CE
Ilangon Pichchi
IssueParantaka Chola I Kannara Devan
FatherVijayalaya Chola

Relations with the CherasEdit

Friendly relations appear to have existed between the Cheras (the Perumals) and the Cholas during the reign of Aditya I.[2] The Chera contemporary Sthanu Ravi was a partner in Chola king Rajakesari Varma's campaign in Kongu country (central Tamil Nadu).[4] King Rajakesari Varma can be identified either with Aditya or Srikantha Chola.[5][2]

It is known that Aditya I's son, Parantaka I, married a Chera princess (the Kizhan Adikal).[6]


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  2. ^ a b c Ali, Daud. "The Death of a Friend: Companionship, Loyalty and Affiliation in Chola South India". Studies in History, vol. 33, no. 1, Feb. 2017, pp. 36–60.
  3. ^ Sen, Sailendra (2013). A Textbook of Medieval Indian History. Primus Books. pp. 46–49. ISBN 978-9-38060-734-4.
  4. ^ Narayanan, M. G. S. Perumāḷs of Kerala. Thrissur (Kerala): CosmoBooks, 2013. 435-437.
  5. ^ Narayanan, M. G. S. Perumāḷs of Kerala. Thrissur (Kerala): CosmoBooks, 2013. 436-37.
  6. ^ George Spencer, 'Ties that Bound: Royal Marriage Alliance in the Chola Period', Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on Asian Studies (Hong Kong: Asian Research Service, 1982), 723.
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Preceded by Chola
871–907 CE
Succeeded by