The CHOLA DYNASTY (Tamil: சோழர்) was one of the longest-ruling dynasties in the history of southern India. The earliest datable references to this Tamil dynasty are in inscriptions from the 3rd century BCE left by Asoka, of the Maurya Empire. As one of the Three Crowned Kings, the dynasty continued to govern over varying territory until the 13th century CE.

The CHOLA DYNASTY (Tamil: சோழர்) was one of the longest-ruling dynasties in the history of southern India. The earliest datable references to this Tamil dynasty are in inscriptions from the 3rd century BCE left by Asoka, of the Maurya Empire. As one of the Three Crowned Kings, the dynasty continued to govern over varying territory until the 13th century CE.

File:Shiva Nataraja (Lord of the Dance), Chola dynasty, c. 990 AD, Tamil Nadu, India, bronze - Freer Gallery of Art - DSC05147.JPG

File:Shiva Nataraja (Lord of the Dance), Chola dynasty, c. 990 AD, Tamil Nadu, India, bronze - Freer Gallery of Art - DSC05147.JPG

Bronze Narasimha, 10th Century Chola Dynasty, Tamil-Nadu, India.

Bronze Narasimha, 10th Century Chola Dynasty, Tamil-Nadu, India.

Shiva, King of Dancers (Shiva Nataraja) India, Tamil Nadu, Chola dynasty, 1100s bronze

Shiva, King of Dancers (Shiva Nataraja) India, Tamil Nadu, Chola dynasty, 1100s bronze

Trident with Shiva as Ardhanari (Half-Woman)  ca. 1050, Chola dynasty, South India. A Shiva sculpture almost a thousand years old can easily be mistaken for the Sikh Khanda emblem. To learn more see the SikhMuseum.com Exhibit - Nishan Sahib, History of the Sacred Banner and its Symbols

Trident with Shiva as Ardhanari (Half-Woman) ca. 1050, Chola dynasty, South India. A Shiva sculpture almost a thousand years old can easily be mistaken for the Sikh Khanda emblem. To learn more see the SikhMuseum.com Exhibit - Nishan Sahib, History of the Sacred Banner and its Symbols

Shiva Vinadhara   (Holder of the Vina)  India, Tamil Nadu, Chola Dynasty  ca. 950  Bronze  Freer Galler

Shiva Vinadhara (Holder of the Vina) India, Tamil Nadu, Chola Dynasty ca. 950 Bronze Freer Galler

The Bhoganandishwara Temple was built during the Chola Dynasty and contains stone Nandi statues and carvings.

The Bhoganandishwara Temple was built during the Chola Dynasty and contains stone Nandi statues and carvings.

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Shiva as Brahma | Cleveland Museum of Art/ late 900s or early 1000s/ South India, Chola dynasty, late 10th - early 11th century granite

Shiva as Brahma | Cleveland Museum of Art/ late 900s or early 1000s/ South India, Chola dynasty, late 10th - early 11th century granite

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