Yet in this last year of his life, contentment eluded Rajaraja Chola. He was worried about the fate of the Brihadeeshwara Temple after his death. In true Sanatana tradition, Rajaraja regarded this as the crowning triumph of his entire life. It was more precious to him, dearer to his heart than all his daring and extensive military conquests. He was after all, Śivapada Śekhara, and he had fulfilled his pious duty to Shiva by building the Brihadeeshwara Temple. His Shiva was anādi-anaṃta, birthless and eternal, but Rajaraja was fully conscious of his own mortality. His temple had to outlast him, it had to retain all the discipline, traditions, celebrations and institutions that he had spawned and had personally overseen.
And so he decided to do something about it.