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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 Emperor's Career Portrayed on the Prakara Wall

 The Emperor's Career Portrayed on the Prakara Wall

(p.57) 4 The Emperor's Career Portrayed on the Prakara Wall
The Body of God

D. Dennis Hudson

Oxford University Press

Since the 6th century, the Pallava kingdom (capital: Kanchipuram) had been ruled by Bhagavatas, worshiping Vishnu/Krishna. In about 731, however, the last of a short dynasty of Shaiva rulers died without a clear heir. His father was the great Rajasimha, who built the Rajasimeshvara temple dedicated to Shiva on the east side of the city. In 731 the notables of the city were determined to install a “pure” Pallava, a devotee of Krishna. They found their candidate some distance away—it is here argued he was the youngest son of Hiranya, a ruler in Cambodia, whose lineage was founded by Bhima, of pure Pallava lineage. He was consecreated in Kanchipuram as Nandivarman Pallavamalla. The chapter discusses the military, political, and religious dimensions of his accession to the throne and subsequent career. A series of sculptures on the inside of the prakara wall is the main source.

Keywords:   Rajasimha, Rajasimeshvara temple, Cambodia, Pallava lineage, Nandivarman's career, prakara

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