ANGKOR WAT ….
1.World’s Largest Religious monument.
2.A completely realized microcosm of the Hindu Universe,culminating in the 5 Peaks of Mount Meru.
3.Architectural masterpiece in fine proportions and rich in detail;the apogee of classical Khmer construction.
4.Some 600 M of narrative bas reliefs and nearly 2000 apsaras.
(Source:Ancient Angkor by Michael Freeman & Claude Jacques)
We can see the 7 headed Serpants and Lions in most of the temple entrances and asuras and devas in rows,as if churning the great ocean for the nectar and the central Tower of each temple was the abode of Lord Shiva,called in various names like Tribuvanmahadeva or Koteeswara .
If we enter the corridors of the famous Angkor Wat built by Suryavarman in 1150 AD,we can see Lions and serpants’ heads with snakebody as the corridors(see pic)
This mounument must have been created by Suryavarman after his successful defeat of the CHampas in 1140 and we can see the Basreliefs of this war too in the SW corridors of this unique monument.
Suryavarman is said to have created this master piece with the Kailash of Himalayas in his mind with 4 merus surrounding the Greater Kailash,at the centre..Here one can see 4 towes at the 3d level before one climbs to the top most level where a Budhist temple is ‘now’ in vogue and monks ar still praying here..
Many have written about this monument and I am giving a picture presentation so that you can enjoy the importance of the architecture…
This Hindu temple in 1150 AD is famous for the sunlight falling on this deity(now Budha) on a particular day of the year..many believe on the Thaipoosam day or Pongal Day!
If one has to do justice to this master piece,one is advised to go in the afternoon to enjoy the Golden colour of the temple towrs under the sunrays from the west.
Despite the difficulty ,stone windows like this, with lathe lathe turned balusters, is the hallmark of the Khmer constructions everywhere!
80% of the scriptures are defaced and the remaining 20% tell us stories of Kurushetra war and stories from Ramayana..