Relationship Between Temple Architecture and Cosmology

N. Ganesan naga_ganesan at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 4 18:42:13 UTC 1998

Is it then just the vimAnam (the gold plated one)
that is Vaikuntham? But in that too,
PerumAL is standing! Not in the paramapatam posture.

N. Ganesan

At least for Srirangam, this equivalence is more symbolic
and metaphorical than actual.  Vishnu in Srirangam is reclining
on the serpent AdiSesha (tiru-anantAzvAn), which corresponds
to his pose in kshIrAbdhi (tirup-pArkaDal), not in Vaikuntha.
Vishnu in Vaikuntha is said to be in a sitting pose, with one leg
folded, one leg on the ground, with Lakshmi at his side.
Typically, Vishnu is known in this form as parama-pada-nAtha.
There is a shrine dedicated to the parama-pada-nAtha form in
many large Vishnu temples.

It is true, however, that Srirangam is known as bhUloka-vaikuNTha.


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