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Banteay Srei

Banteay Srey loosely translates to "citadel of the women". Banteay Srey displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art. The walls are densely covered with some of the most beautiful, deep and intricate carvings of any Angkorian temple. The temple's relatively small size, pink sandstone construction and ornate design give it a fairyland ambiance. The colors are best before 10:30 AM and after 2:00 PM, but there are fewer tourists in the afternoon. This temple was discovered by French archaeologists relatively late, in 1914. Banteay Srey lies 38 km from Siem Reap, requiring extra travel time.




the town gopura, largest at the sit
the town gopura, largest at the sit
Indra on a three-headed Airavata
Indra on a three-headed Airavata
carved details
carved details
causeway lined with boundary stones (32 in all)
causeway lined with boundary stones (32 in all)
Shiva and his wife Uma riding the bull Nandi - the morif known as Umamahesvara
Shiva and his wife Uma riding the bull Nandi - the morif known as Umamahesvara
Vishnu in the form of the lion Narasimha ripping the chest of the king of the asuras Hiranyakasipu
Vishnu in the form of the lion Narasimha ripping the chest of the king of the asuras Hiranyakasipu
inscriptions on the door-frame
inscriptions on the door-frame
Kubera, God of the North, supported by simhas (lions)
Kubera, God of the North, supported by simhas (lions)
Shiva Nataraj, with drummer and Kareikkalammeyar, his disciple
Shiva Nataraj, with drummer and Kareikkalammeyar, his disciple
Shiva Nataraj - the god, multi-armed, in the dance of the rhythm of life.  At his feet is a drummer.
Shiva Nataraj - the god, multi-armed, in the dance of the rhythm of life. At his feet is a drummer.
Shiva Nataraj
Shiva Nataraj
Nandi
Nandi
multi-headed demon Ravana shaking Mount Kailasa, where Shiva and Uma are seated
multi-headed demon Ravana shaking Mount Kailasa, where Shiva and Uma are seated
multi-headed demon Ravana
multi-headed demon Ravana
Shiva and Uma
Shiva and Uma
a pair of kneeling guardian figures,; the bodies were human, but the heads varied - monkey, lion, garuda and yaksha
a pair of kneeling guardian figures,; the bodies were human, but the heads varied - monkey, lion, garuda and yaksha
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detail from the W pediment of the N library
detail from the W pediment of the N library
Krishma killing Kamsa (a demon)
Krishma killing Kamsa (a demon)
fire in the KhandavaForest
fire in the KhandavaForest
Indra, God of the Sky, riding his three-headed elephant Airavata and creating rain to put out a fire in the Khandava forest
Indra, God of the Sky, riding his three-headed elephant Airavata and creating rain to put out a fire in the Khandava forest
fire in Khandava forest, created by the god Agni in order to kill the naga Taksaka who lived in the forest
fire in Khandava forest, created by the god Agni in order to kill the naga Taksaka who lived in the forest
Krishna and his brother Balarama on the left and right to stop animals from fleeing
Krishna and his brother Balarama on the left and right to stop animals from fleeing
the God of Love, Kama, fires an arrow at Shiva in an attempt to draw the god's attention to his wife Uma
the God of Love, Kama, fires an arrow at Shiva in an attempt to draw the god's attention to his wife Uma
Yama, God of the South as well as of Judgement, on a buffalo
Yama, God of the South as well as of Judgement, on a buffalo
Varuna on geese
Varuna on geese
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