- Title Pages
- Editor's Note
- Introduction: The Discovery
- 1 The Significance of the Temple
- 2 Six Concepts
- 3 The Poem
- 4 The Emperor's Career Portrayed on the Prakara Wall
- 5 The Temple Mandala and the Bottom‐floor Sanctum
- 6 The Middle‐floor Sanctum
- 7 Northern Panels of the Northern Path
- 8 Northern Panels of the Northern Path
- 9 The Middle‐Floor Sanctum
- 10 The Southern Panels of the Southern Path
- 11 The Vimana Panels on the Western Side
- 12 The Panels on the Ardhamandapa or Porch
- 13 The Vimana Panels on the Northern Side
- 14 The Vimana Panels on the Eastern Side
- 15 The Vimana Panels on the Southern Side
- Appendix 1: Who are the Bhagavatas?
- Appendix 2: Vasudeva's Path in the <i>Satvata‐samhita</i>
- Appendix 3: Prithu, the People's Indra
- Appendix 4: Mantras in The <i>Jayakhya‐samhita</i>
- Appendix 5: <i>Periya Tirumoli</i> 2.9
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.
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