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Hayam Wuruk, also called (after 1350) Rajasanagara, Pa-ta-na-pa-na-wu, or Bhatara Prabhu, (1334–1389), was a Javanese Hindu King[1]:234[2] from the Rajasa Dynasty
Dynasty
and the fourth monarch of the Indianised Majapahit
Majapahit
Empire. Together with his prime minister Gajah Mada, he reigned the empire at the time of its greatest power. During his reign the Hindu epics, the Ramayana
Ramayana
and the Mahabharata, became ingrained in the culture and worldview of the Javanese through the wayang kulit (“leather puppets”).[3] He was preceded by Tribhuwana Wijayatunggadewi and succeeded by his son-in-law Wikramawardhana. Most of the accounts of his life were taken from Nagarakretagama
Nagarakretagama
and Pararaton.

Contents

1 Early life 2 The Reign 3 Legacy 4 See also 5 References 6 Further reading

Early life[edit] According to Nagarakretagama
Nagarakretagama
canto 1 stanza 4 and 5 (composed by Mpu Prapanca in 1365), Hayam Wuruk
Hayam Wuruk
was born in 1256 Saka or correspond to 1334 CE, the same year that Mount Kelud
Kelud
erupted. Prapanca argued that this was the divine sign that Batara Gurunata (Javanese name for Shiva Mahadewa) has manifest Himself on earth, reincarnated as the Javanese king.[2] Also in the same, Gajah Mada
Gajah Mada
declared his oath Sumpah Palapa. Hayam Wuruk's name can be translated as "scholar rooster". He was the son of Tribhuwana Tunggadewi and Sri Kertawardhana or Cakradhara. His mother was the daughter of Raden Wijaya
Raden Wijaya
founder of Majapahit, meanwhile his father was the son of Bhre Tumapel lesser king of Singhasari. Both Pararaton and Nagarakretagama
Nagarakretagama
praised Hayam Wuruk
Hayam Wuruk
as a handsome, bright, talented, and exceptional student in the courtly martial arts of archery and fencing, also mastering politics and scriptures, as well as arts and music. He was known as an accomplished ceremonial dancer in the court. Some accounts tell of Hayam Wuruk's performances in a traditional ceremonial Javanese mask dance. His mother, Queen Tribhuwana, educated and groomed him to become the next monarch of Majapahit. The Reign[edit] In 1350 Gayatri Rajapatni
Gayatri Rajapatni
died in her retirement at a Buddhist monastery. She was the consort of Raden Wijaya, the first king of Majapahit, and also the grandmother of Hayam Wuruk. Queen Tribhuwana had to abdicate because she ruled Majapahit
Majapahit
under Rajapatni's auspices, and she was obliged to relinquish her throne to her son. Hayam Wuruk
Hayam Wuruk
inherited the throne in 1350 at the age of 16 when the patih (prime minister) Gajah Mada
Gajah Mada
was at the height of his career. Under his rule, Majapahit
Majapahit
extended its power throughout the Indonesian archipelago. According to Pararaton and Kidung Sunda, in 1357 King
King
Hayam Wuruk
Hayam Wuruk
was expected to marry Dyah Pitaloka Citraresmi, the princess of the Sunda Kingdom. The reason for this royal engagement was probably political, to foster the alliance between the Majapahit
Majapahit
and the Sundanese Kingdoms. However, in the Bubat incident, the Sunda royal family and their guards were involved in a skirmish with Majapahit
Majapahit
troops. The planned royal wedding ended in disaster with the death of the princess and the whole Sunda royal party. The court officials blamed Gajah Mada because it was his intention to demand submission from Sunda Kingdom that ended in bloodshed. Several years later Hayam Wuruk
Hayam Wuruk
married his half-sister, Paduka Sori, daughter of Dyah Wiyat. Hayam Wuruk
Hayam Wuruk
and Paduka Sori have 1 father, different mothers. In 1365 (or 1287 Saka year), Mpu Prapanca wrote the kakawin Nagarakretagama, the old Javanese eulogy for King
King
Hayam Wuruk.[4] The manuscript described Hayam Wuruk's royal excursion around the Majapahit
Majapahit
realm to visit villages, holy shrines, vassal kingdoms and territory in East Java. He sent embassies to China from 1370 to 1381.[1]:240 Hayam Wuruk
Hayam Wuruk
had a daughter, Crown Princess Kusumawardhani, with Queen Sori. Kusumawardhani married a relative, Prince Wikramawardhana. However, from a consort concubine, Hayam Wuruk
Hayam Wuruk
had a son, Prince Wirabhumi. After Hayam Wuruk's death in 1389, the empire fell into chaos and decline during the contest over succession between Wikramawardhana and Wirabhumi. The dispute ended in Wirabhumi's defeat in the Paregreg war. Wikramawardhana succeeded Hayam Wuruk
Hayam Wuruk
as the King of Majapahit. Legacy[edit] See also: Hinduism
Hinduism
in Java, Balinese Hinduism, Greater India, Indosphere, and Sanskritization His reign, as part of Indosphere of Greater India, helped further Indianisation of Javanese culture through the spread of Hinduism
Hinduism
and sanskritization.[1][2][3] See also[edit]

Hinduism
Hinduism
portal Indonesia
Indonesia
portal

Penataran Hinduism
Hinduism
in Indonesia Hinduism
Hinduism
in Southeast Asia Hindu Agamas Hindu temple Indians in Indonesia List of Hindu temples in Indonesia

References[edit]

^ a b c Cœdès, George (1968). The Indianized states of Southeast Asia. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 9780824803681.  ^ a b c Mpu Prapanca, translated by Slamet Muljana. "Terjemahan Kakawin Dēśawarṇnana (Nāgarakṛtāgama)" (in Indonesian). Jejak Nusantara. Retrieved 5 February 2015.  ^ a b Mark Juergensmeyer and ‎Wade Clark Roof, 2012, Encyclopedia of Global Religion, Volume 1, Page 557. ^ Malkiel-Jirmounsky, Myron (1939). "The Study of The Artistic Antiquities of Dutch India". Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies. Harvard-Yenching Institute. 4 (1): 59–68. doi:10.2307/2717905. JSTOR 2717905. 

Further reading[edit]

Pringle, Robert (2004). A Short History of Bali: Indonesia's Hindu Realm. Short History of Asia. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 978-1865088631. 

Preceded by Tribhuwana Wijayatunggadewi Monarch
Monarch
of Majapahit
Majapahit
Empire 1350–1389 Succeeded 

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