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The Footsteps of VishnuA Historical Introduction to Hinduism$
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Ariel Glucklich

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314052

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314052.001.0001

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 Kanishka and Krishna

 Kanishka and Krishna

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(p.91) 6 Kanishka and Krishna
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The Footsteps of Vishnu
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Ariel Glucklich (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314052.003.0007

This chapter looks at the city of Mathura, which lies on the Yamuna, during the period between the Mauryan and Gupta empires. Dominated by the Kushana ruler Kanishka, this period saw the rise of devotional religion focused on Krishna. The religious texts of the period achieved a sophisticated cultural synthesis, best exemplified in the Bhagavad Gita and Manu Smriti.

Keywords:   Bhagavad Gita, Bhakti, Kanishka, Krishna, Manu Smriti, Mathura, Shvetashvatara Upanishad

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