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The Chola led by Raja Raja I[1] is a custom civilization by More Civilizations[2], with contributions from Leugi, Janbourta, Chris Sifniotis, and Andrew Holt. It is part of the India Civilization Pack.

This mod requires Brave New World.


The Chola[]

For over 1000 years, the Chola dynasty lay at the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent. The empire was founded on fertile ground around the Kaveri river, and continued to grow for most of their history. While the exact origins of the Chola have never been discovered, they are believed to be descended from the Tamil dynasty, a similar culture in Southern India. The Chola grew as a trading empire, and reached the height of their power during the middle ages, through kings such as Rajaraja Chola I and Rajendra Chola I, both capable military and expansive leaders. However, the empire soon fell into decline, and with constant harassment by the Pandyas, the Chola dynasty were gone by the end of the 13th century.

Raja Raja I[]

Rajaraja Chola I is considered one of the greatest ever Indian kings and possibly the greatest leader of the Chola. Born Arulmozhi Varman, he was the third child of the king, and was never declared the crown prince. However, he proved himself on the battlefield, and soon enough, his rise to power was complete. Rajaraja soon attacked neighbouring states, by land and sea, and put the Chola Empire in the best possession it had ever been in. Towards the end of his reign, he left the state in a peaceful place, leaving a legacy to secure his place in history.

Dawn of Man[]

All hail Raja Raja of the Chola Dynasty! May your empire ever prosper! Raja Raja, your nation was a great one; stretching from the Tungabhadra River downwards to the Indian Ocean. Her Kings were great patrons of Tamil culture, resulting in many temples and works of literature which stand testament to the empire's grandeur. The Chola Navy was a true wonder, having grown from a small backwater entity to that of a potent power projection and diplomatic symbol in all of Asia. Raja Raja! Your leadership saw your empire expand and grow; it saw your armies and navies dominate India. Your military campaigns brought the nations around you under your command.

Mighty Emperor! The time has come for you to return the Chola Empire to greatness. Your armies and navies stand ready. Will you take charge and lead them to glory? Will you build a civilization to stand the test of time?

Chola Leaderhead

Leaderscene by Leugi

Introduction: "Greetings, friend. Let us discuss the future of trade between our two great nations!"

Introduction: "I do not recognise the build of ship from which you have disembarked. Where do you hail from?"

Defeat: "How can an occupation benefit anyone? We would have gladly exchanged resources of our land with you, yet now you oppress our people to gain them?"

Defeat: "How can this be? Through conquests, I have taken too much to be defeated in such a disgraceful manner."



A Diplomatic-Maritime Civ. Focus on Trade Routes with City-States - certainly try to get the Colossus Wonder. Your Cargo Ships will yield Influence and Thalai-Thirvai points. It isn't particularly special as a combat unit, but obtain one early enough and you can cross Oceans before Astronomy. Your surplus of Great Admirals compared to everyone else is a good encouragement for naval warfare. The Kadatpadai is simply better at brushing away Barbarians it encounters in exploring the New World.

Unique Attributes[]

The Chola (Raja Raja I)

Art by Janboruta

Samayan Trade Guilds -

Traderoute Domestic Trade routes yield +1 Gold Gold. Trade Routes with Citystate City-States generate Greatperson Great Admiral points and Influence Influence with the City-State (this does not suspend influence decay). Bonuses doubled for Naval trade routes. 


Art by Janboruta

Thalai-Thirvai (Great Admiral)
  • May attack and defend  
  • Becomes more powerful with advances in naval technology*  

*12 at Sailing; 22 at Astronomy; 27 at Navigation; 47 at Steam Power; 57 at Electricity 


Art by Janboruta

Kadatpadai (Caravel)
  • +3 Strength Combat Strength when adjacent to Barbarians


Peace Theme War Theme

Chola - Raja Raja I - Peace


Chola - Raja Raja I - War

? "Panipat - The Final Strike" from the soundtrack of Empire: Total War.

Mod Support[]

Mod Support
Community Balance Patch
Ethnic Units
Map Labels
Unique Cultural Influence

Events and Decisions[]

Construct the Great Living Temples[]

Oh great king, our religious devotion is waning, and our subjects lack satisfaction with our rule! We should commission a grand project with the finest artisans to construct vast temples across our empire that show the world our might!


  • Player must be Chola
  • Must have researched Theology
  • Must have at least three Temples.
  • May only be enacted once per game.


  • 2 Magistrates Magistrates.
  • (100*Number of Temples) Gold Gold.


  • All Temples yield +1 FaithIcon Faith, +1 CultureIcon Culture, and +1 Happy Happiness.
  • Grand Temple yields +2 FaithIcon Faith, +2 CultureIcon Culture, and +2 Happy Happiness.

Note: The Gold Gold cost increases with each Temple.

Celebrate Adiperukku[]

It is fast approaching the monsoon season - our people look to us for the hosting of our annual Adiperukku festival, honouring the gods for the bounty of water they have bestowed upon us!


  • Player must be the Chola.
  • Must have founded a Religion.
  • Must have access to Fresh Water.
  • May only be enacted once per era.


  • {1_Num} Gold Gold.


  • All cities with access to Fresh Water begin celebrating 'We Love the King Day' for 10 turns.
  • Gain FaithIcon Faith for each source of Fresh Water.

Note: The Gold Gold cost increases with each city with access to Fresh Water and with each era.

List of Cities[]

City List
  1. Cholapuram
  2. Thanjavur
  3. Pazhaiyarai
  4. Kanchipuram
  5. Nagapattinam
  6. Anuradhapura
  7. Thiruvarur
  8. Uraiyur
  9. Thirualavai
  10. Thoothukudi
  11. Thirunelveli
  12. Polonaruwa
  13. Pandya-Kavada
  14. Chennapatnam
  15. Katharagama
  16. Vengi
  17. Polonnaruwa
  18. Adichanallur
  19. Sathyaputra
  20. Gokanna
  21. Mahiyanganaya
  22. Goadawaya
  23. Magampura
  24. Dedigama
  25. Maha Thota
  26. Maha Thale
  27. Poompuhar
  28. Maisuru
  29. Bengaluru
  30. Kalyani

Full Credits List[]

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Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 25 March 2014

  • Pouakai: XML and Chola map.
  • Sukritact: Lua, Icons and maps.
  • Janboruta: Icons, text and TSL.
  • Leugi: Leaderheads and models.
  • Viregel: Civilopedias.
  • Chris Sifniotis: Civilopedias and GP lists.
  • Andrew Holt: DoM voiceovers.
  • JFD: Bugfixing and text fixes.
  • Irkalla:Consultant.

Notes and References[]

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