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The Body of God: An Emperor's Palace for Krishna in Eighth Century Kanchipuram

D. Dennis Hudson

Abstract

This work closely examines the architectural and sculptural “texts” of the Vaikuntha Perumal Temple built for Vishnu/Krishna at Kanchipuram in the 8th century. The keys to unlock the meaning of these “texts” are in a poem written about the temple by Tirumangai Alvar shortly after it was built. Sacred texts and liturgical practices are also analyzed to understand the vision this Vishnu‐house was intended to embody for sophisticated Bhagavatas of the time. The three‐story temple, conceived as a mandala, houses figures representing various aspects or formations of the supreme Vishnu, and it is co ... More

Keywords: Vaikuntha Perumal Temple, Bhagavata Purana, Pancharatra, Tirumangai Alvar, Nandivarman Pallavamalla, Mandala

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195369229
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369229.001.0001

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D. Dennis Hudson, author

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