[Advaita-l] Regarding Padmanabhaswamy
kalyan_kg at yahoo.com
Sat Jun 17 16:14:12 EDT 2017
Dear Sri Aditya
//So I am wondering if this is the original representation of Narayana/Vishnu and that Ranganatha was conceived later by Ramanujacharya.//
Srirangam temple is much older than Ramanuja. It is mentioned in Tamil Sangam literature.
Mahabharata also talks of Vishnu sleeping in the ocean on a giant serpent (without any mention of Shiva linga).
Having said that, there is no such thing as the original representation of Vishnu. In some temples the idol is in a standing posture, in some temples the idol is in a sleeping posture, in some temples the idol is in a sitting posture. It varies from temple to temple.
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