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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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Spacetime and Its Display

(p.297) Introduction
The Body of God

D. Dennis Hudson

Oxford University Press

The designers of the temple mapped the cosmos by means of thirty panels in the bottom floor of the vimana, in a sequence that begins immediately north of the porch's western doorway and proceeds clockwise. The viewer is led from God's gross body to His subtle body. Jambhu, with Meru at its center, is the central one of seven concentric continents separated by different liquids; the outermost is Pushkara, surrounded by the mountainous Lokaloka. Lokaloka is the “all‐encompasing placenta” within which Brahma wakes and sleeps. Dhruva is the apex of the universe. Bharata is one of nine regions of Jambhu, and is the only realm of intentional action, and therefore the only one with the the Chatur Yuga structure of chronology. Panels on the vimana show the forms Vasudeva takes in each region. The panels also represent day‐and‐night, months, and the ages.

Keywords:   spacetime, Jambhu, Meru, Pushkara, Lokaloka, Dhruva, Bharata, Chatur Yuga, Vasudeva

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