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The Mutharaiyar dynasty was a royal family in what is now the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. They governed the Tanjore, Trichy and Pudukottai regions between 600-900 CE.

According to scholars, Earliest known line of Andhra Cholas Who were the descendants [1] of the great King Karikala were found in Renadu or Maharajapadi ( king's country ) from about the beginning of the sixth to the middle of the ninth century A.D. The family seems to have begun its rule at Erigal or Nidugal in the Tumkur district on the borderland between the Pallava and Kadamba dominions.The earliest king of whom we hear is Nandivarman, ( A.D. 500 ) whose name indicates a subordinate relation to the Pallavas of Kanchi. Of the three sons of Nandivarman, The Eldest - Simhavishnu ( another Pallava name ). The younger brothers of Simhavishnu were Sundarananda and Dhananjaya, the latter being described as Erigal Mutturaju Dhananjaya [2] ruling Renadu. All the brothers seems to have simultaneously ruled in different areas according to the Malepadu plates [3] of Punyakumara. A brief genealogy [4] of these clan was drawn by K. A. Nilakanta Sastri with the help of Melapadu plates

Dhananjaya was followed by his son Navarama or Mahendra vikrama I Chola Maharaja ( AD.600 ) He holds the title Muditasilakshara, justified by his well - chiselled stone inscriptions. ( Srikantha, who is the father of Vijayalaya Chola, who is founder of the Imperial Chola dynasty was born out from the lineage of this Navarama [5] ) at first, Navarama was subordinate of Simhavishnu and Mahendra - varman I of Kanchi, as evidenced by the resemblance of his titles with those of Mahendra - varman, he seems to have affirmed his independence later just like Simhavishnu Choda. He had a dugaraja ( Yuvaraja ) of Erigal under him, possibly his eldest son Gunamudita. The youngest son Punyakumara was Mutturaja of Erigal and over southern Renadu with Chippili as his capital. After Gunamudita's rule as king ( 620-25 ), he succeeded him in the rule of Renadu with Malepadu as capital. [6]

The Tamil language literary work Muthollaayiram lauds about the Mutturaja chieftains. [7] [ full citation needed ] Discendands of Gunamudita [8] established themselves as Lords of the Tanjore district in Chola Country of Tamilnadu.The most famous rulers were Perumbidigu Muttaraiyar, also called Kuvavan Maaran, his son Maaran Parameswaran alias Ilangovadiaraiyan followed by Suvaran Maaran alias Perumbidigu Muttaraiyan II. [9] [ need quotation to verify ]

During the 7th to 8th centuries, the Mutharaiyar served as feudatories of the Pallava dynasty and controlled the fertile plains of the Kaveri region. An inscription in the Vaikuntha Perumal temple in Kanchipuram mentions a Mutharaiyar chief receiving Nandivarman II at the latter's coronation. According to historian T. A. Gopinatha Rao, this chief was Suvaran Maaran (also called Perumbidigu Muthurayar II). [10] Suvaran Maaran is styled as valaiyar in this epigraph. According to historian Mahalingam, Suvaran Maaran fought along with Udayachandra, the Pallava general of Nandivarman II, in at least twelve battles against the Cheras and Pandyas. [11]

The Sendalai inscription of Suvaran Maran states that Tanjore and Vallam were under his control. When the Cholas came to power in 850, Vijayalaya Chola wrested control of Tanjore from the Mutharaiyar chieftains and turned them into vassals. [12] [ full citation needed ]

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