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By Jit Majumdar

  1. a long robe
  2. a reputed, powerful, accomplished and long-lived dynasty of the southern Indian province of Tamilnadu, which continued from ca. 300 BC to 1279 CE, which is renowned for its contributions in varied spheres such as art, literature; religion; architecture; foreign trade and bureaucracy, and which at its height of prosperity ruled over an empire that included modern south-India, Sri lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia; Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Maldives.

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