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Banteay Srei Temple

Banteay Srei is the most beautiful temple of Cambodia constructed with pink sandstone which has much better quality than gray sandstone used to build Angkor Wat, Bayon, Taprom and other temples. Pink sandstone is veryhardthat makes the carving of Banteay Srei still very exquisite although it's more than 1000 years old. Banteay Srei temple is considered as a jewel of art of Khmer civilization. Most visitors feel in deep appreciation with its special workmanship.

Name:The intact inscription tells us that, Isvarapura, which means the home of god Shiva,was the original name of this temple. The local people renamed this temple as Banteay Srei which means a 'Women Temple'because Cambodian culture praises women than men and this temple also has fine carvings as women beauty.

Main entrance: The first and the main entrance of Banteay Srei temple locates to the east. It has very magnificent carvings. Pediment: its pediment has Indra's figure in the middle. Indra was a god of rain and a king of heaven.He was always carried by a three-headed elephant. Kala: below the elephant, there's a figure of a demon head called Kala who was a monster in Hindu mythology. It was normally decorated over the temple doorway as a guardian. Frame: The frame of this pediment was decorated with Makara that was a Hindu mythical sea monster which had similar body to snack's, but it has a lion head and sometimes it has an elephant trunk as well. Naga: at the end of this pediment, there're three-headed Nagas, appearing from the mouth of Makara.