While the king was engaged in the victory celebrations momentous
news reached him.
Vidyadharadhivasa was a holy place in Kalinga. Kharavela's ancestors had bestowed much
care on it. Two petty Sardars, Rathika and Bhojaka by name ruled over two small provinces
on the western borders of Kalinga. They made bold to attack Vidyadharadhivasa and
This news enraged the king. At once he decided to teach the petty chieftains a lesson.
He went with his army and attacked them suddenly. Poor fellows, they must have been under
the false impression that the Kalinga soldiers weak and easily defeated, as in the olden
days. They had not felt the heat of Kharavela's anger. Now they felt it.' They were routed
completely by the mighty Kalinga army. The Sardars fell at Kharavela's feet and meekly
surrendered to him all the emblems of their kingship including the crown. They begged for
mercy. Kharavela was not only strong, but he was also generous enough to pardon those who
surrendered to him and to treat them with honour. The Sardars were, pardoned. Never again
did they make bold even to glance at Kalinga.