Angkor Wat …The Largest Religious Monument In The World

Temples of Asia | | May 20, 2009 at 5:10 am


angkor-wat-ruinsAngkor Wat is part of the two great religious cities in Southeast Asia, one at Bagan in Burma and the other at Angkor in Cambodia. The temples of Angkor were built between 802 and 1220 AD by the Khmer Kings. Suryavarman II the Khmer King has been the key behind the constructions on the temples. In it peak time Angkor Kings ruled over a vast territory extending from Vietnam to China to the Bay of Bengal. The Temple structure at Angkor consists of more than 100 stone temples were part of a large metropolis where the other buildings like castles, residential and commercial area was constructed of wood which could not stand the test of time. The temple site is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is a symbolic representation of Hindu cosmology. The main temple symbolizes Mt. Meru and its five inter-nested rectangular walls and moats represent chains of mountains and the celestial ocean. At its peak the city of Angkor was an important pilgrimage destination in South East Asia.

The main temple is 65 meters in height and has a dimension of 1.5 km x 1.3 km. The temple structure is divided into seven layers. The central structure has four corners with four towers representing the shape of a lotus flower. The temple structure has more then 300 heavenly nymphs carved on the temple walls. Other depictions on the walls include Battle of Kurukshetra, the Army of Suryavarman II, Heaven and Hell, Churning of the Ocean of Milk, Elephant Gate, Vishnu Conquers the Demons, Khrisna and the demon King, Battle of the Gods and the Demons and the Battle of Lanka.

The other Temple sites in proximity to Angkor Wat are the Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm Temple. Angkor Wat is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and draws over a million tourists each year. The best way to reach the site is by flight and the Siem Reap – Angkor International Airport which is very close to the site is well connected to other Asian cities.

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1 Comment

  1. vareeja says:

    Angkor Wat is preserved world heritage site. It draws inspiration from several ancient Hindu mythologies. It is very prominent and divine.
    It represents the Hindu cosmology giving reverance to Lord Vishnu.
    He considered the creator of the universe in Hindu mythology.

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