A Tamil filmmaker has courted controversy by claiming that the famous Chola king Raja Raja Cholan was not Hindu. Kamal Haasan, a prominent actor and director, has backed the filmmaker, saying that there was no Hindu religion during the Chola period.
Raja Raja Cholan was one of the most famous rulers of the Chola dynasty, which ruled southern India from the 9th to 13th centuries. The Cholas were known for their military might and their temple architecture, and Raja Raja was responsible for building the famous Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur.
However, according to filmmaker Pa. Ranjith, Raja Raja Cholan was not Hindu. Ranjith made the claim in an interview with a Tamil news channel, and Kamal Haasan backed him up, saying that there was no Hindu religion during the Chola period.
This claim is sure to stir up controversy, as the Chola dynasty is revered by Hindus. Some Hindus even consider the Cholas to be incarnations of the Hindu god Vishnu. However, there is no historical evidence to support the claim that Raja Raja Cholan was Hindu.