When I am completely lost in its mesmerising, ancient beauty...amidst the wondrous ruins in
Preah Khan, the huge, highly explorable monastic complex in Angkor region, Cambodia.
This super imposing monument of Preah Khan or Prah Khan, built by Khmer King Jayavarman VII and was dedicated to his father. In harmony with the architecturally similar
Ta Prohm, (which was dedicated to Jayavarman VII's mother) it originally severed as a Buddhist monastery and school, engaging over 1000 monks.
Preah Khan means 'The Sacred Sword', was built on the site of Jayavarman VII's victory over the invading Chams in 1191, like most other temples of Jayavarman's reign, is not uniform in style. Although a Buddhist monastery, there is nonetheless an abundance of Brahmanic iconography.
It is a short and quick post. Presently my mind is soaked in Cambodian wonders, will be back soon with loads of posts on ancient Khmer splendours.
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