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Krishna's mandala : Bhagavata religion and beyond

Author: D Dennis Hudson; John Stratton Hawley; Romila Thapar
Publisher: New Delhi : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Series: Oxford collected essays.
Edition/Format:   Book : Essay : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This posthumous volume brings together seminal essays by one of the foremost American scholars on the religions of India. Exploring the ancient Indian milieu with an innate sense of mandala, 'the surround', D. Dennis Hudson's writings constantly engaged with the core of Bhagavata dharma -- Krishna as preceptor and lover in the real world. Hudson was driven by a desire to understand how this ancient vision of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Āṇṭāḷ; Krischna.; Āṇṭāḷ.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: D Dennis Hudson; John Stratton Hawley; Romila Thapar
ISBN: 0198062761 9780198062769
OCLC Number: 465217884
Notes: "Oxford collected essays"--Jacket.
Description: xxxvi, 298 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction by John Stratton Hawley ----
Part I. Tales of Two Cities. 1. Madurai: The City as Goddess ---
2. Shiva, Minaksi, Vishnu: A Popular Myth in Madurai ---
3. Kancipuram ---
4. Vraja Among the Tamils ----
Part II. Reading Bhagavata Texts-Temples and Tomes. 5. The Initiation of the Emperor ---
6. The Discovery ---
7. Dating the Srimad Bhagavata Purana ---
8. The 'Barley-Corn' Pattern of Bhagavad Gita ---
9. Arjuna's Sin ----
Part III. Andal and the Sri Vaishnava World. 10. Andal Alvar: A Developing Hagiography ---
11. Andal's Desire ---
12. Bathing in Krishna ---
13. By Monkey or by Cat: How is One Saved?
Series Title: Oxford collected essays.
Other Titles: Bhagavata religion and beyond
Responsibility: D. Dennis Hudson ; edited and introduced by John Stratton Hawley with a foreword by Romila Thapar.
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This volume studies different aspects of Bhagavata religion and Vaishnavism in south India and also the connections between the Vaishnavism of south India and a remembered or imagined north. It  Read more...

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