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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 Middle‐floor Sanctum

 The Middle‐floor Sanctum

The Sculpted Program of the Northern Path

(p.115) 6 The Middle‐floor Sanctum
The Body of God

D. Dennis Hudson

Oxford University Press

This sanctum's sculpted program consists of two sequences running parallel, west to east: the Northern Path (“Approaching the Honey of the Lotus Feet”) and “The Path of the Southern Doctrine.” This chapter discusses the panels on the west‐ and east‐facing sides of the northern sequence. The two sequences document the ritual career of Nandivarman Pallavamalla and use specific events in Bhagavata stories to illustrate his steps along both paths to reach virya action and aishvarya sovereignty. Discussed here are: the murti Padmanabha; the Seven Seers; Damodara as Ashtabhujasvamin, the Eight‐Armed Lord (incuding Nandivarman's consecration to Man‐lion); Krishna slays the asura Keshin as horse (including significance of horse sacrifice); Krishna leaves the gopis; Akrura's vision of Krishna and Balarama; Krishna wrestles Chanura; Krishna stands as victorious Madhava.

Keywords:   Northern Path, Padmanabha, Seven Seers, Ashtabhujasvamin, Man‐Lion consecration, Keshin, horse sacrifice, Akrura, Chanura, Madhava

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