The Pandya Dynasty
The Pandya Dynasty, which is also known as the Pandyas of Madurai, was an ancient dynasty of South India. It was one of the three great dynasties of the Tamilakam. The other two were the Cholas and the Cheras. Tamilakam refers to the geographical area which was ruled by the Tamil people in ancient times. The area covers present-day's Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, and southern parts of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
The Pandyan dynasty was actually founded by Maravarman Sundara I early in the 13th century, who succeeded his older brother Jatavarman Kulasekhara in 1216. The symbol of the dynasty was a fish.