[INDOLOGY] Revolving wheel in ancient Indian literature

George Thompson gthomgt at gmail.com
Fri Mar 18 10:52:30 EDT 2016


Hello all,

Madhav's passage is RV 1.164.11.  By chance, I've been looking at this hymn
today.

George Thompson

On Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 9:04 AM, Madhav Deshpande <mmdesh at umich.edu> wrote:

> The idea of a rotating wheel of time goes all the way back to the Rigveda:
> dvādaśāraṃ na hi taj jarāya vavarti cakram pari dyām ṛtasya (don't have the
> textual ref at hand).  The idea of the spokes of the wheel going up and
> down is referred to in Sanskrit lit in many places with expressions like
> cakra-nemi-krama and cakrārapaṅkti.
>
> Madhav Deshpande
>
> On Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 8:42 AM, Artur Karp <karp at uw.edu.pl> wrote:
>
>> Dear List,
>>
>> Mahabharata I, 29. 2-5 and Sumangalavilasini (Buddhaghosa's commentary to
>> Mahaparinibbana-sutta)  VI, 26  contain images of a revolving wheel (with
>> 360? spokes), guarded by figures with swords in hands, and by two serpents.
>> Viśvakarma/Vissakamma is mentioned as the wheel's constructor.
>>
>> Is that - or similar - image present somewhere else in the ancient Indian
>> literature?
>>
>> Thanks in advance for your comments -
>>
>> Artur Karp
>>
>> South Asian Studies Deptt (emeritus), University of Warsaw, Poland
>>
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