Year 2014 happens to be the Millennium Year of Coronation of Emperor Rajendra Chola I of Tamil Nadu and his Chola Navy.
As part of the commemoration of this historic event, National Maritime Foundation (NMF) in association with Indian Navy organised the following:
- a sailing expedition by the Indian Navy’s Sail Training Ship INS Sudarshini was flagged off by His Excellency Dr. K Rosaiah, Hon’ble Governor of Tamil Nadu on 04 November 2014. INS Sudarshini entered Nagapattinam, historic port of Chola Empire on 05 November 2014 and was received by the local elite.
- also on 04 November 2014, the Governor gave the prizes to the winners of Elocution Contest ‘Legacy of Emperor Rajendra Chola I’ in English and ‘சோழ பேரரசின் கடல் ஆதிக்கமும் கடல் வணிகமும்’ in Tamil which was conducted earlier in colleges.
Now on 08 November 2014, a ‘Panel Discussion: Achievements of the Chola Navy – Lessons for Modern India’ was organised by NMF, Chennai Chapter at Hotel Hilton, Chennai.
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Tamil Emperor Rajendra Chola I is known to be one of the greatest rulers of the Chola Empire. He is remembered for his statesmanship, governance and military prowess, especially of the building and operational deployment of the Chola Navy. The coronation of Emperor Rajendra Chola I took place in 1014, exactly a thousand years ago. To commemorate the millennium year of this great event, the National Maritime Foundation (NMF), Chennai Chapter, in association with the Indian Navy and the Government of Tamil Nadu are conducting a series of events.
As part of this commemoration, a sailing expedition by the Indian Navy’s Sail Training Ship INS Sudarshini commenced from Chennai Port today, 04 November 2014. INS Sudarshini was flagged off by His Excellency Dr. K Rosaiah, Hon’ble Governor of Tamil Nadu at about 1130 hours.
INS Sudarshini is expected to reach Nagapattinam (historically important port of Chola Empire) on 05 November 20014 with cadets of the Indian Navy, NCC, Marine Commandos on board to symbolise the achievements of the Chola Navy. Sudarshini was escorted out of Chennai Port by yachts of the Tamil Nadu Sailing Association and the Royal Madras Yacht Club. At Nagapattinam, INS Sudarshini will be received by the local elite.
Prior to flagging off, winners of the Elocution Contest for college students (conducted earlier) on the Legacy of Emperor Rajendra Chola I in English and சோழ பேரரசின் கடல் ஆதிக்கமும் கடல் வணிகமும் in Tamil were also felicitated.
Here are some photographs of the event.
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