Discover The Mysteries Of Life And Death In The Temples At Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat in Cambodia stands out as significant for those with a religious bent of the mind for this is the largest religious monument in the whole world. The temple was initially built to be a Hindu place of worship, but later it was adopted by Buddhist monks as their place of worship.
The magnificence and beauty speak of its grandeur more loudly than any other monument of historical significance. Its construction is believed to have been initiated between 113 and 115 BC. It took about 30 years to complete the monument meant for worshiping the Hindu deity Vishnu.
The architecture of Angkor Wat is one of the best preserved among all the historical monuments unearthed. It stands apart from its contemporaries when one considers the perfection it has attained in terms of composition and sculpture.
The temple at Angkor Wat was built to provide for the funeral rights of King Suryavarman II. Accordingly, it is quite easy to understand the reason for its westerly orientation. It confirms to the symbols set by the sun setting in the west. The sun is believed to have met its death when it sets in the west.
The structure at Angkor Wat is a homogeneous mixture of a host of elevated towers. A number of covered galleries add to the mystery behind the temple. The chambers and porch are again linked to the rites of death by virtue of their construction. Interestingly, all these and all courtyards in the complex are linked to each other by stairways.