Cakravartin - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religion

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History of the Cakravartin as an Imperial Ideal

The general South Asian notion that the king was to have extensive rule dates at least as far back as the high Vedic era (1200–800 BCE) and possibly to the centuries preceding. The Vedic ritual coronation of the king (Rājasūya), for example, was preceded by a ceremony in which a wild stallion was left to wander at will throughout the land for an entire year, at which time it was sacrificed in the important rite known as the Aśvamedha, and all of the territory it had covered in that year was held to be the king's domain. The actual term cakravartin was known in the late fifth and early fourth centuries BCE by the compilers of the Maitri Upaniṣad, who used the noun when listing the names of several kings...

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