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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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 Performing Arts and Sacred Models

 Performing Arts and Sacred Models

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(p.109) 7 Performing Arts and Sacred Models
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The Footsteps of Vishnu
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314052.003.0008

This chapter looks at the Gupta Empire and in particular the career of Samudragupta. Hindu arts and sciences attained a high level of success, the earliest examples of north Indian temples date to this period and elaborate public rituals, including the horse sacrifice, were sponsored by the king. The chapter discusses the works of Kalidasa, in particular Shakuntala, examines temple architecture, and explains the governing rationality that encompassed both the arts and religion.

Keywords:   Guptas, Horse sacrifice (Ashvamedha), Kalidasa, Rasa, Samudragupta, Shakuntala, Temple

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