By D Dennis Hudson
The e-book is a finely unique exam of an almost unstudied Tamil Hindu temple, the Vaikuntha Perumal (ca. 770 C.E.). Hudson deals a sustained examining of the temple as a coherent, prepared, minutely conceptualized mandala. Its iconography and constitution should be understood within the gentle of a ten-stanza poem by means of the Alvar poet Tirumangai, and of the Bhagavata Purana and different significant spiritual texts, while it in flip illuminates the meanings of these texts.
Hudson takes the reader step-by-step on a journey of the temple, telling the tales prompt by means of all the fifty six sculpted panels and displaying how their dating to each other brings out layers of which means. He correlates the tales with levels within the religious progress of the king throughout the advanced rituals that shaped a vital size of the faith. the result's a tapestry of interpretation that brings to existence the richness of religious knowing embodied within the temple.
Hudson's underlying assumption is that the temple itself constitutes a summa theologica for the Pancharatra doctrines within the Bhagavata culture founded on Krishna because it had built during the 8th century. this practice used to be already historic and had unfold broadly throughout South Asia and into Southeast Asia. via interweaving historical past with creative, liturgical, and textual interpretation, Hudson makes a striking contribution to our figuring out of an Indian spiritual and cultural tradition.