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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 Eastern Side

 The Vimana Panels on the Eastern Side

(p.409) 14 The Vimana Panels on the Eastern Side
The Body of God

D. Dennis Hudson

Oxford University Press

These panels illustrate the virya action and the aishvarya sovereignty of Pradyumna, Vasudeva's second and Pre‐eminently Mighty formation. One corner depicts Brahma worshiped on Pushkara and his four Kumara sons. The other corner shows Shiva as Bhava on Kailasa (in the Ilavrita region) venerating Pradyumna; the story includes the descent of Ganga. In the first bracketed panel the Bhagavan honors the pole star Dhruva, representing the three realms below it. The next panel tells of Brahma creating populations for these worlds, and shows him fleeing to Brahma for protection from his asura progeny. Next, Hanuman worships Rama in the Kimpurusha region of Jambu; the stories of Rama's final three acts are evoked: Rama separates from Sita, Rama banishes Lakshmana, and Rama takes the inhabitants of Kosala to heaven. The final panel shows Kamadeva in the Ketumala region of Jambu playing “Krishna holding up Govardhana.” Poems by Antal are discused.

Keywords:   Pradyumna, Pushkara, Kumara, Kailasa, Ilavrita, Dhruva, Hanuman, Rama, Kamadeva, Antal

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