Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Kanchipuram: Vaikuntha Perumal Temple: Photo 10
The colonnade is lined with lion-based columns. They are not merely decorative, at least according to Dennis Hudson, the author of two books on this temple. He writes that they "may be understood to have embodied Durga's brilliant conquering power to preserve the purity of this three dimensional mandala built to be God's residence." (The Vaikunta Perumal Temple at Kanchipuram, 2009, p. 15. The same sentence occurs on p. 64 of Hudson's longer book The Body of God, 2008. The shorter book is presented as a guide for visitors, but if so it ranks as the world's most recondite guidebook).
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