Rarely anybody knows about the Chola’s family tree because we are made to read about invaders and looters Britishers and Mughal who destroyed our history. The Chola dynasty is considered to be one of the longest-ruling dynasties in human history. The dynasty continued to govern over varying territory until 13 th century.
During the time of Cholas India was flourishing and during the time of Shah Jahan when the Taj Mahal was built India was reeling under the greatest famine.
Let’s start with the 8th century of the Chola dynasty:
1-Vijayalaya Chola who ruled between 848 – 870 AD.
2- Aditya I ruled between 870 – 907 AD. He was the son of Vijayalaya Chola
3-Parantaka Chola I between 907-950 AD.
4-Gandaraditya Chola ruled between 950-956 AD.
5- Arinjaya Chola ruled between 956-957 AD.
6-Sundara Chola ruled between957-970 AD.
7-Uttama Chola ruled between 970-985 AD.
8-Rajaraja Chola I ruled between 985-1014 AD.
9-Rajendra Chola I ruled between 1012-1044 AD.
10 Rajadhiraja Chola between 1044-1054 AD.
11-Rajendra Chola II ruled between 1054-1063.
12-Virarajendra Chola ruled between 1063-1070 AD
13-Athirajendra Chola ruled between 1070-1070 AD.
14-Kulothunga Chola I ruled between 1070-1122 AD.
15-Vikrama Chola ruled between 1118-1135 AD.
16-Kulothunga Chola II ruled between 1133-1150 AD.
17-Rajaraja Chola II ruled between 1146-1173 AD.
18- Rajadhiraja Chola II ruled between 1166-1178 AD.
19-Kulothunga Chola III ruled between 1178–1218 AD.
20-Rajaraja Chola III ruled between 1216–1246 AD.
21-Rajendra Chola III ruled between 1246–1279 AD.
Rajendra Chola III was the last king of the Chola Dynasty than the Pandya dynasty took over them.
After Rajendra Chola, many royal Chola bloodlines who were officials and chieftains still ruled a small part of the land till the British rule in India whereby they participated in their fight for independence against British rule. There is mention of a Chola chief called Veerasekhara Chola in the early 16th century (1520 AD) who defeated the Pandyas and occupied Madurai.