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The Body of GodAn Emperor's Palace for Krishna in Eighth Century Kanchipuram$
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D. Dennis Hudson

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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 The Southern Panels of the Southern Path

 The Southern Panels of the Southern Path

“The Path of the Southern Doctrine”

(p.247) 10 The Southern Panels of the Southern Path
The Body of God

D. Dennis Hudson

Oxford University Press

Six panels: the first three represent the Unobstructed's potency (shakti), the second three the Unobstructed's brilliant conquering power (tejas). First, Indra, disguised as an “imposter” (pakhanda) successfully interrupts the first emperor, King Prithu's horse sacrifice, preventing him from becoming more powerful than Indra. In the next panel Krishna defeats Naraka and rescues 16,000 royal virgins, whom he marries. Next, Hari as Madhusudana kills the asuras Madhu and Kaitabha, as narrated in the Jayakhya‐samhitaand the Bhagavad‐gita. In the next three panels Krishan slays: Mali, Sumali, and Malyavan on the Milk Ocean shore; Shishupala at Yudhishthira's rajasuya; Shalva and Dantavaktra. Each demonstrates the removal of impurities in the emperor‐sadhaka's consciousness. Thus, as an “Indra of People” (Narendra), Nandivarman ruled as a true emperor (Parameshvara) because he ruled as a “slave of Krishna” (Bhagavata) in a line of sadhakas that descended from the first emperor, Prithu.

Keywords:   shakti, tejas, Indra, Prithu, Naraka, 16,000 virgins, Madhusudana, Madhu, Kaitabha, Mali, Sumali, Malyavan, Shishupala, Shalva, Dantavaktra

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