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Cherar Kottai

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சேரர் கோட்டை
AuthorGokul Seshadri
Original titleCherar Kottai
IllustratorGokul Seshadri
GenreTamil historical novels
PublisherKamalam Books
Publication date
21 July 2012
Published in English
Media typeBook
Pages1100 (2 Volumes)
Preceded byRajakesari 

Cherar Kottai (Tamil:சேரர் கோட்டை), meaning "Fortress of Chera Kings" is a Tamil language historical novel in two volumes written by Gokul Seshadri. The story is based on the first military conquest of the great Chola King Rajaraja Chola in Kerala[1] at a place known as Kanthalur Salai.[2] Though it is a work of fiction, it is based on extensive historic research and delves deep into present day Kalaripayattu and Varma Sastra.

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Tamil language

Tamil language

Tamil is a Dravidian language natively spoken by the Tamil people of South Asia. Tamil is an official language of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the sovereign nations of Sri Lanka and Singapore, and the Indian Union territory of Puducherry. Tamil is also spoken by significant minorities in the four other South Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is also spoken by the Tamil diaspora found in many countries, including Malaysia, Myanmar, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia and Mauritius. Tamil is also natively spoken by Sri Lankan Moors. One of 22 scheduled languages in the Constitution of India, Tamil was the first to be classified as a classical language of India.



Kerala is a state on the Malabar Coast of India. It was formed on 1 November 1956, following the passage of the States Reorganisation Act, by combining Malayalam-speaking regions of the erstwhile regions of Cochin, Malabar, South Canara, and Travancore. Spread over 38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi), Kerala is the 21st largest Indian state by area. It is bordered by Karnataka to the north and northeast, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Lakshadweep Sea to the west. With 33 million inhabitants as per the 2011 census, Kerala is the 13th-largest Indian state by population. It is divided into 14 districts with the capital being Thiruvananthapuram. Malayalam is the most widely spoken language and is also the official language of the state.



Kalaripayattu is an Indian martial art that originated in modern-day Kerala, a state on the southwestern coast of India. Kalaripayattu is known for its long-standing history within Indian martial arts, and is one of the oldest surviving martial arts in India.

Plot summary

988 AD. King Rajaraja Chola is contemplating on a military raid over Kanthalur Salai - a martial arts academy in the Chera Country (present day Kerala). Circumstantial evidences are pointing to the fact that the current head of this Salai, Thirunarayana Bhattadhiri, might have played a crucial role in the brutal killing of king Rajarajan's elder brother, crown prince Aditha Karikalan - 20 years back. However, the King (Rajaraja Chola) is hesitant to undertake a regular military raid - given the fact that Sala is a well respected university[3] and is attached to a Shiva temple.[4]

Unable to move forward, the king and his royal companions seek the help of a Buddhist Monk by name Mahakasyapa Thera, the head of Bhadaratitta Monastery at Nagappattinam, the erstwhile seaport of Cholas.[5] Upon his instructions, an innovative plan hitherto not adopted by any other Chola king, is considered. Thereafter, the story proceeds at breakneck speed in which the readers travel through the ancient Pandiya and Kerala territories with two young Chola warriors - cherry picked to execute the plan. Unaware of their fate and why they were selected for the task, the two young warriors - Kamban Araiyan[6] and Paraman Malapadi[7] proceed with immense trust in their king and the almighty.

As the heroes reach their destination, the southern tip of erstwhile Tamil Nadu viz Kanniyakumari, they realize that their fates are intertwined and their selection is not arbitrarily as originally thought. Trying to equip themselves for a seemingly impossible task, they have to discover their true self and identity in order to win a competition that will alter their lives - and that of Chola country - forever.


  • Rajaraja Chola (historical)
  • Rajaraja Pallavarayar (historical)
  • Maha Kashyapa Thera (fictional)
  • Paraman Malapadiyar (historical)
  • Kamban Maniyan alias Vikrama Singa Moovenda Velar (historical)
  • Amarabhujanga Deva (historical)
  • Sadaya Mara Pandiya (historical)
  • Arayan Manabharana (historical)
  • Renuka Devi (fictional, historical)
  • Thirunarayana Battadhiri (fictional)
  • Vamanan Namboodhiri (fictional)
  • Ravidasan Panchavan Brahmadhirajan (historical)
  • Parameswara (historical)


Publication history

The story was originally serialized in a monthly web magazine from 2007 onwards and published as a two volume book by Kamalam books in July 2012. Later on, a revised second edition of the book was published by Palaniappa Brothers in 2015.

Source: "Cherar Kottai", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, July 9th),

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  1. ^ Rajaraja's first military raid was in the Southern Direction, as per Tiruvalangadu Copper Plates
  2. ^ The earliest epigraphical reference to Kanthalur occurs in an inscription dated 988 AD, which is the third regnal year of the King.
  3. ^ M.G.S.Narayanan, Bachelor of Science, Aspects of Aryanization in Kerala
  4. ^ T.N.Subramaniyam, Pandiyar Cheppedugal Pathu, Ulaga Tamil Araichi Niruvanam
  5. ^ Gokul Seshadri, New Perspectives on Nagappattinam, Nagappattinam to Suvarnadweepa, ISEAS, Singapore
  6. ^ An inscription at Tiruppalanam Apathsahayeswara Temple talks of a Chola general by name Kamban Araiyan and his military achievements in Chera Country
  7. ^ An inscription inscribed in the South Wall of Durga Shrine at Kachapeswara temple, Kanchipuram talks of a Chola General by name Paraman Malapadi - South Indian Inscriptions

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