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Gajah Mada, also spelled gadjah mada (d. 1364), prime minister of the Majapahit
Empire and a national hero in Indonesia. He is believed to have unified the entire
archipelago. The principal poet of the era, Prapanca, eulogized Gajah Mada ...
Hayam Wuruk inherited the throne in 1350 at the age of 16, when the great patih
("prime minister") Gajah Mada was at the height of his career. Under the two
leaders, Majapahit extended its power throughout the Indonesian archipelago.
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