Parantaka Chola II

Parantaka Chola II (957–970 CE) ruled for about twelve years. Parantaka II was also known by the name Madhurantakan Sundara Chola. He was the son of Arinjaya Chola. His mother’s name was Kalyani, a princes from the clan of Vaidumbas. Parantaka II ascended the Chola throne despite the fact that Uttama Chola, the son of Gandaraditya, (the elder brother of Arinjaya) was alive and he had equal if not more claim to the Chola throne.

When Parantaka II became king, the Chola kingdom had shrunk to the size of a small principality. The Pandyas in the south had revived their fortune and had defeated the Chola armies and occupied their ancestral lands.

During Parantaka II's reign, foundations were laid to the Chola Empire that in its height stretched from the island of Sri Lanka in the south to the Pala Empire of Bengal in the north, to the Sri Vijaya empire in the east.

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