Dharmasetu

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Dharmasetu was an 8th-century maharaja of Srivijaya. Under his reign, he successfully incorporated Pan Pan, a kingdom located in the north of the Malay Peninsula into Srivijayan sphere of influence before 775 AD.

At an old monastery of Nakhon Si Thammarat in modern-day Thailand, there is a stele indicating that Dharmasetu ordered the construction of three sanctuaries dedicated to Bodhisattvas Padmapani, Vajrapani and Buddha in Ligor.[1]:130-131

The inscription further stated that the Dharmasetu was the head of the Sailendra of Java. This is the first instance of relationship known existed between Srivijaya and the Sailendra.[1]:221-223 Dewi Tara, the daughter of Dharmasetu later married a member of the Sailendra family by the name of Samaratunga whom later would assumed throne of Srivijaya around 792.[1]:175, 143-145 The relationship between Srivijaya and the Sailendra became intimately close afterwards.

He was succeeded by his son-in-law Sangramadhananjaya, around 782.[1]:136

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Munoz, Paul Michel (2006). Early Kingdoms of the Indonesian Archipelago and the Malay Peninsula. Singapore: Editions Didier Millet. ISBN 981-4155-67-5.