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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 Vimana Panels on the Northern Side

 The Vimana Panels on the Northern Side

(p.373) 13 The Vimana Panels on the Northern Side
The Body of God

D. Dennis Hudson

Oxford University Press

These six panels depict the Plower formation's jnana or knowledge, and bala or transformative power, as they are relevant to human life. One corner panel shows Vasudeva teaching as Vaikunthanatha (above the brahmanda); the other shows Ananta the Endless, who is Samkarshana the Plower (below the brahmanda). The first of the four bracketed panels shows Naranarayana and Narada, the ideal bhaktiyogin. It implies the transmission of the Satvata‐samhita. Next, Hari announces Kapila's birth to Kardama; Kardama teaches his wife Devahuti samkhya and bhaktiyoga. Next, Hari teaches Brahma the supreme secret of omniscience, the Bhagavatam of Four Stanzas. Finally, Markandeya teaches about the rishis Nara (who forgets) and Narayana (who remembers); Markandeysa's vision of the deluge is implied.

Keywords:   Vaikunthanatha, Ananta, Naranarayana, Narada, Satvata‐samhita, Kapila, Kardama, Devahuti, Bhagavatam of Four Stanzas, Markandeya, Nara, Narayana

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