75.) Although, in the tulabhara (ceremony), the
king was weighed against gold pieces in the scales (tula),
he was still (found) a-tula (i.e.,
it is difficult to comprehend the greatness of the great.
76.) This king — a
pile of matchless prosperity, majesty, learning, strength of
arm, prowess, heroism and courage —
invaded and conquered in order, (all) the quarters
commencing with the direction of Trisanku (i.e., the
77.) The moon as if to afford protection to the Pandya king born
in his own family, and thinking (unto himself) “I am
also a raja (king),” became the white parasol of
this (king) who was intent upon conquering that (southern)
78.) (King) Amarabhujanga being seized, (other)
dissolute kings, whose rule was secretly mischievous being much
afraid of him at heart, wished to hide (themselves)
somewhere (just like serpents with sliding crooked bodies).
79.) The commandant of (this) ornament of the Solar race, the
hereditary home of (the goddess of) victory, captured (the
town of) Vilinda whose moat was the sea, whose extensive
ramparts were glorious and high (and) which was
impregnable to the enemy warriors.
80.) The lord of the Raghavas (i.e., Rama) constructing a
bridge across the water of the ocean with (the assistance of)
able monkeys, killed with great difficulty the king of Lanka (i.e.,
Ravana) with sharp-edged arrows ; (but) this terrible
General of that (king Arunmolivarman) crossed the ocean
by ships and burnt the Lord of Lanka (Ceylon).
Hence Rama is (surely) surpassed by this (Chola
81.) This is strange that though Satyasraya fled to avoid misery
from the attack of his (i.e., Arunmolivarman’s)
ocean-like army (still) misery found a (permanent)
abode in him. But
this is not strange, that his flight is due to (i.e., is
the result of his) birth from Taila.
82.) “Since Rajaraja, an expert in war, of the (same)
name as myself, has been killed by a powerful club, I shall,
therefore, kill that Andhra (king) called Bhima though (he
may be) faultless.” So
saying he (Arunmolivarman) killed him (i.e., Bhima) with
83.) Having conquered the country,— the creation of Rama (i.e.,
Parasurama) whose beloved vow was to annihilate the whole of
the Kshatra (race),— (the country) which was adorned
with pious people, was matchless and inaccessible on account of
the mountains and the ocean, he caused abundant joy to all kings
that held a bow (in their hands), and made) his commands shine
on the rows of the diadems of all rulers of the earth.
84.) Having subdued in battle the Ganga, Kalinga, Vanga, Magadha,
Aratta, Odda, Saurashtra, Chalukya
and other kings, and having received homage from them, the
glorious Rajaraja — a
rising sun in opening the groups of lotuses viz., thefaces of
crowds of learned men, ruled the earth whose girdle is the water
of all oceans.
85.) To this ruler of men was born a son, Madhurantaka whose
limbs bore all the (distingusishing) marks of earth-rulers, who
resembled a different Manmatha (mind-born) who had defied
the angry roar of Hara (Siva).
86.) Wonder ! While he of great prowess, was protecting this
earth ever following the ways of the good, the eyes of his wives
openly transgressed the path (laid down by) the sruti
(i.e., the Vedas).
87.) The fierce Sun, viz., the prowess of Madhurantaka,
stood pervading the whole space (comprised) within the
circuit of the quarters. It
is strange that (this Sun) reduced to ashes all the kings
who stood aloof (from him) (i.e., those who were
his enemies) but relieved the affliction of all kings who were
near (i.e., those who sought refuge in him).
88.) Strange it is that the disc of the moon (raja-mandala,
the circle of kings) setting in the waters of the
ocean of his sword, does not rise (again).
This is still more strange that (subsequently) it (i.e.,
the disc of the moon) continues to remain in the sky with
(its) brilliant lustre.
89.) (This) famous (and) heroic lord of men intent
upon doing meritorious deeds with large quantities of money
acquired by (the strength of) his own arm, turned his
attention to the conquest of the quarters (digvijaya)
backed up by a powerful army.
90.) Accordingly, he the unequalled king Uttama-Chola first
started to the (southern) quarter marked by the (the
asterism) Trisanku, with a desire to conquer the Pandya
king, after having arranged for the protection of his own
91.) The commander of forces (dandanatha) of this
crest-jewel of the Solar race (i.e., Madhurantaka),
struck the Pandya king who had a powerful army.
(And the Pandya leaving his own country which was the
residence of (the sage) Agastya, from fear (of Madhurantaka),
sought refuge in the Malaya hill.
92.) (Then) the politic son of Rajaraja took possession
of the lustrous pure pearls which looked like the seeds (out
of which grew) the spotless fame of the Pandya king.
93.) Having placed there his own son, the glorious Chola-Pandya,
for the protection of his (i.e., the Pandya’s) country,
the light of the Solar race started for the conquest of the
94.) Having heard of the humiliation which the rulers of the
earth were subjected to by (the sage) Bhargava (i.e.,
Parasurama) on the battlefield, (and) not being able to
meet him (i.e., Bhargava) (in battle) on earth,
that proud king (Madhurantaka) set his mind upon
conquering the country called after him.
95.) Excepting, Paramesvara
(Siva) who else in this (world) could even
contemplate in his mind to humiliate that country which is
protected by the glory of (Bhargava) the crest-jewel of
the Bhrigu-race and which since then (i.e., the time of
Bhargava) has not been injured by enemies ?
96.) Madhurantaka fearlessly crossed the Sahya (mountain)
(and) immediately attacked the lord of the Kerala (country)
together with his forces. Then
a fierce battle took place which wrought ruin upon (several)
97.) Having conquered the Kerala king and having annihilated the
country protected by the austerities of the chief of the Bhrigus,
that prince, the abode of prosperity, turned towards his own
capital (which looked) as it (it were) dancing (in
joy) with (its upraised) hands, viz.,
brilliant fluttering flag-cloths and whispering welcome by (its)
sweetly (jingling) waist-belts of (damsels) with unsteady
98.) Then the great king, a light in the lineage of Sibi,
started for the conquest of the region of Vaisravana (Kubera) (i.e.,
the North), of which the triple (ash) mark (on the
forehead) is the silver mountain (and) where Siva is
residing on the Kailasa (mountain).
99.) Having appointed his own son the glorious Chola-Pandya to
protect the western country, he the very god of Death (Kala)
to the Tail-family (i.e., the Western Chalukyas) entered
(the town of) Kanchi, which was like the waist-band (kanchi)
of the goddess-earth.
100.) Observing that the lord of the Chalukyas, king Jayasimha
was the seat of the (sinful) Kali (-age),
Rajendra-Chola — himself
the destroyer of the Kali (age) —
started first to conquer him (i.e., Jayasimha)
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