Udayalur village in Tamil Nadu: Raja Raja Chola's Samadhi in ruinsUdayalur village, Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu. Has any Member visited this non-descript village? Most probably, no. In this small village, behind the house of a farmer, lies the Samadhi of one of the greatest kings of India.
Many historians say that Raja Raja Chola and his son Rajendra Chola are among the greatest kings of India. Chola dynasty is known for the temples built by them and the powerful navy. The navy of the Cholas carried the flag of Indian civilization in many countries of South Asia.
It is a shame on our part that we have miserably failed to protect the invaluable historical monuments related to the greatest sons and daughters of the country. Raja Raja Chola's neglected, dilapidated Samadhi at Udayalur village tells us that we have to change our attitude. And we have to do it immediately.
Similarly, the Samadhis of Baji Rao, Hemu and many others suffer from the same indifference. Archaeological Survey of India and state archeological departments must take immediate action to protect these Samadhis of greatest men and women of the country.