[INDOLOGY] Revolving wheel in ancient Indian literature

Artur Karp karp at uw.edu.pl
Fri Mar 18 12:42:29 UTC 2016

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

Thanks in advance for your comments -

Artur Karp

South Asian Studies Deptt (emeritus), University of Warsaw, Poland

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