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Ilamchetchenni (Iḷamcēṭceṉṉi; IPA: [iɭəmt͡ɕeːt͡ɕːsen̪ːi]) was an early Tamil king of the Chola dynasty during the Sangam period. He was a great warrior and ruled the Chola kingdom with Puhar as the capital. He married a Velir princess from Alundur and their child was Karikala Chola.[1] Ilamchetchenni Chola was succeeded by his son, Karikala Chola, who is considered one of the greatest among the Early Cholas.

Chola King
SuccessorKarikala Chola
IssueKarikala Chola


N.K. Sastri claims that this is the period where Magadha dynasty had established its empire from Persia to southern India. Bindusara, son of Chandragupta Maurya, conquered almost the whole of India except Kalinga and Cholas. But fragmentary poems of Sangam in the Purananuru[citation needed] states that, Ilamchetcenni Cholan successfully resisted[citation needed] the exploration of Mauryas[citation needed] down the southern region of the Indian subcontinent. Also Sastri claims that his period of reign is 301 BCE[citation needed] – 270 BCE and Cholas overpowered Cheras[citation needed] and Pandiyas[citation needed] at this time


  1. ^ Ca. Vē Cuppiramaṇiyan̲, Ka. Ta Tirunāvukkaracu. Historical Heritage of the Tamils. International Institute of Tamil Studies, 1983 - Tamil (Indic people) - 672 pages. p. 254.


  • Mudaliar, A.S, Abithana Chintamani (1931), Reprinted 1984 Asian Educational Services, New Delhi.
  • Nilakanta Sastri, K.A. (1935). The CōĻas, University of Madras, Madras (Reprinted 1984).
  • Nilakanta Sastri, K.A. (1955). A History of South India, OUP, New Delhi (Reprinted 2002).