[Advaita-l] About the Janārdana Temple in Sringeri

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Sat Sep 3 01:24:27 CDT 2016

On Sat, Sep 3, 2016 at 1:24 AM, D Gayatri <dgayatrinov10 at gmail.com> wrote:

> The more interesting thing from the same Sringeri mutt link is this -
> {The exquisite form of*janArdhana *carved in granite flanked by*Sridevi
> and bhudevi on two sides,* has*chaturbhuja with shanka, chakra abhaya
> mudra and varada mudra, a gadha and a prabhavali*.}
> So even the folks at Sringeri hold the opinion that Janardhana is
> shanka-chakra-gadha-dhaari and is Lakshmipati. Looks like the theory that
> Narayana is nirvisesha Brahman does not seem to be on firm traditional
> ground.

The Sringeri website also says this:

//Shankaracharya in the Vishnusahsranama bhashya quotes from the Vishnu
purana to show that, one Lord alone assumes various names and functions and
that even the puranas talk of advaita as the ultimate truth.

“* It is one Lord janardana alone that assumes different names as Brahma,
Vishnu , shiva and so on, depending on the functions of srishti, sthiti or
samhara – creation, sustenanance and resolution” (vi. Pu. 1.2.64)//*

This Janārdana is beyond Avyakta and manifests due to the association of
Māyā in various forms.


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