The creators of the Hindu scriptures known as the Brahma- and Bhāgavatapurāṇas
lavished a great amount of descriptive detail on mythical and 'mythologised'
places where important discourses were enunciated: the Naimiṣa forest, Mt Meru,
Kurukṣetra, and Ānanda on the banks of the Ganges. At first glance this might
appear to be idle expression of literary virtuosity, but I suggest that this careful
creation of literary place has an impact, intentional or not, on the reception of
the text....[Show more]
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