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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 Significance of the Temple

 The Significance of the Temple

(p.15) 1 The Significance of the Temple
The Body of God

D. Dennis Hudson

Oxford University Press

The chapter begins with a description of the temple, a three‐story vimana facing west. It was built by Nandivarman Pallavamalla to record and further his own spiritual progress and to establish Krishna's dominance in Kanchipuram. The influence of Jain doctrine on the Pallava Dynasty and court before, during, and after Nandivarman is explored, as are the roots of the Bhagavata creative florescence of the time. The subsequent history of the dynasty, the influence of the Vaikuntha Perumal Temple's structure as a complex vision of the body of God transmitted by Bhagavata Dharma through the teachings of the acharyas, and the meaning of the name of the temple complete the chapter.

Keywords:   three‐story vimana, Jain doctrine, Pallava dynasty, Bhagavata creative florescence, body of God, acharya, Bhagavata Dharma

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