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The second day of inspection at the reported burial place of King Raja Raja Cholan

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Trichy: The second day of inspection at the reported burial place of King Raja Raja Cholan at Udaiyalur near Thanjavur saw an in-depth analysis by the archaeologists with high-end equipment. The team of experts from Tamil Nadu archaeology department and centre for remote sensing of Bharathidasan University in Trichy carried out the inspection on Tuesday by engaging ground penetrating radar (GPR) at the site believed to be the burial ground of Raja Raja Cholan.

“The imported equipment costing Rs 30 lakh will penetrate the ground and scan the earth up to 50 feet. It can sense the compound walls, war materials, traces of Cholas and any other objects buried underground,” associate professor, centre for remote sensing of Bharathidasan University, D Ramesh told reporters on Tuesday. The underground scanning went on for more than two hours. The expert team will observe the findings and will submit the report to the commissioner of state archaeology department. On the first day, the team used drone cameras to capture the surface of 10 acres of area. The two-day inspection that commenced on Monday was prompted by an order of the Madurai bench of Madras high court on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by G Thirumurugan of Ramanathapuram demanding for the construction of a memorial for the king. According to his claim, the body of Raja Raja Cholan was buried at Udaiyalur area after his death at his age of 67 years several centuries ago.

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Expressing concern about the poor maintenance of the site, he said that Raja Raja Cholan deserved a memorial similar to the one constructed for Sardar Vallabhai Patel and the proposed memorial for Chathrapathi Shivaji. Admitting his plea, the court ordered for an inspection by the Tamil Nadu archaeology department at the site to find out whether the king was buried in the place. The deputy director of Tamil Nadu archaeology department, R Sivanandham who headed the team said on Tuesday that the inspection of the team with the help of modern equipment for the two days will be taken into account and the report will be prepared to be submitted to the court within 15 days.


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