Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala

Chenthalai inscription

The Chenthalai inscription is found on the pillar of the Lord Siva temple at Chenthalai village near Tiruchirappalli. The inscription is on the lineage of "perum pidaku mootharayanmar".

The last mootharayan, Suvaranmaran, is described in different names - Kalvarakalvar, kalabharakavalan, kalvakalvan - which mean that he was the leader of the Kalabhras. The Kalvars (Kalabhras in Sanskrit) had established their supremacy over the Chera, Chola and Pandya kingdoms.

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