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Raja Raja Cholan was not a Hindu, Vetrimaraan

- October 6, 2022

Tamil Nadu BJP comes out strongly against Vetrimaaran’s statement that Raja Raja Cholan was not a Hindu

Chennai, Oct 6 (BPNS)

Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP has come out strongly against the statement of noted director Vetrimaran that Raja Raja Cholan was not a Hindu. BJP leader and former Karaikudi MLA, H . Raja said that Raja Raja Cholan was a Hindu king and had preferred to be known as Sivapadha Sekharan.

Raja said, “ I am not as well versed in history as Vetrimaaran is but please point out one Church or two Mosques built by Raja Raja Chola. He himself preferred to be known as Sivapadha Sekharan.”

It may be noted that after the release of ace director Maniratnam’s epic movie, Ponnian Selvan 1 based on Tamil writer Kalki Krishnamurthy’s fiction novel, King Raja Raja Cholan is in the news in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Director, Vetrimaaran on the sidelines of an event has recently said,” Constantly our symbols are being snatched for us. Saffronising Valluvar or calling Raja Raja Cholan a Hindu king is constantly occurring.”

The Tamil director also said that since Cinema was a common medium, it was important to understand politics to protect one’s representation.

Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) leader and Member of Parliament, Thol Tirumavalavan, and Tamil superstar and President of Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), Kamal Haasan came out in support of Vetrimaaran.

Kamal Haasan in a statement said, “There was no name called Hindu religion during Raja Raja Cholan’s period. There was Vainavam, Shivam, and Samanam and it was the Britishers who coined the term Hindu.” He said that there were several religions during the eight century period.

Thol  Thirumavalavan in a statement on Thursday said,” Raja Raja Cholan cannot be considered as a Hindu king as there was no Hinduism during that period.” He said that during the period of Raja Raja Cholan, Saivam and Vainavam were different and the two openly fought against each other, and heads rolled and blood spilled”.

He said, “Even the Lingayats of the present day are coming out and saying that they are not Hindus and where was the Hindu religion during those days.”

Thol Thirumavalavan said that just because Raja Raja Cholan build Brihadeeswar temple in Thanjavur it was not fair to impose modern-day identities on him.