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163/365 – Sadayavarman Sundara Pandyan I

Sadayavarman Sundara Pandyan I was king and Lord Emperor of the Pandyan dynasty, ruling regions of Tamilakkam (present day South India) between 1250–1268 CE.

Jatavarman Sundara Pandyan I is remembered for his patronage of the arts and Dravidian architecture, paying attention to the refurbishment and decoration of Kovils in the Tamil continent.

Reign: 1251–1268
Coronation: 1251
Birthplace: Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Predecessor: Maravarman Sundara Pandyan II
Successor: Maravarman Kulasekara Pandyan I
Father: Maravarman Sundara Pandyan II
Religious beliefs: Hinduism

Historical background

By the middle of the 13th century, the Chola dynasty which had dominated Southern India over the past three centuries was in its last throes. The last king of the Later Cholas, Rajendra Chola III reigned over a crumbling empire beset with rebellion and increasing external influence from Hoysalas and Kadavas.

Previous rulers of the Pandyan kingdom like Maravarman Sundara Pandyan I had succeeded in overthrowing Chola hegemony. The Hoysala dominance over the Tamil Kingdoms had also waned by the time Sundara Pandyan I took power in 1251 AD.

Conquests

Wars against Cheras and Cholas
Wars against Hoysalas
Wars against Kadavas
Invasion of Sri Lanka
Expedition to the North

Death and Succession

Sundara Pandyan I was succeeded by Maravarman Kulasekara Pandyan I in 1268 and died in 1271.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jatavarman_Sundara_Pandyan

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