Ponniyin Selvan (5 Volume Set) (Tamil) Paperback – 2003

Ponniyin Selvan means ‘The son of Ponni’. It chronicles the story Arulmozhivarman, who was crowned as Raja Raja Chola I in the later years. The books in this set detail extensively on many of the real historical figures from the renowned Chola dynasty, such as Vijayalaya Chola, Kulothunga Chola I, Gandaraditya, Madhurantaka, Arinjaya Chola, Parantaka Chola II, and Uttama Chola, among other characters.

Raja Raja Chola was the second son of Parantaka Chola II and the Queen Vaanamaadevi. Kundavai was Raja Raja Chola’s elder sister whom he had immense admiration and respect for. He built a temple which still is world famous, the Brihadeeswarar Temple, well-known as Periya Kovil.

This novel is a must for History aficionados who wish to learn more about the Chola dynasty and the famous temple. It is considered as one of the best historical novels ever to be penned in the language of Tamil, by one of the most revered Tamil writer Kalki Krishnamurthy.