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 the 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 states 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 who later assumed the 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 


  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.