The Cheras were, once upon a time, one of the most prominent kingdoms of South India. The Chera kings were rulers of grit and determination and they also supported local arts, culture and literature. Watch this video to learn about this great clan, their way of life and how they finally disintegrated.
The lands south of the Mauryan Empire which included the Malabar coast, Karur, Coimbatore and Salem districts in South India were all part of the Chera Dynasty. The Chera capital was Tiruvanchikulam.
Utiyan Cheralatan was the first Chera king and is accredited with founding the dynasty. One of his battles was against the Cholas where he suffered a humiliating defeat as a result of which he committed suicide.
Utiyan’s son, Imayavaramban Nedun Cheralatan, through his grit and determination was responsible for making the Chera dynasty one of the most powerful kingdoms in the south. His rule lasted 58 years and during this time he won multiple battles and wars, the most famous of which was against his sworn enemies, the Kadambas of Banasvi.
Imayavaramban not only extended his kingdom, he also supported the local arts, culture and literature during his reign.