Vishnu at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

At the western entrance of Angkor Wat  stands this 5 meters tall statue of  Vishnu, known locally as Ta Reach, revered by Hindus and Buddhists alike for its representation of the “King of the ancestors and spirits”. It is carved from a single piece of  sandstone and is draped with colorful clothing and  offerings from pilgrims visiting the site.DSC_0051

Angkor Wat was dedicated to Vishnu who is the supreme God in the Vaishnavite tradition of Hinduism and venerated as one of the five primary forms of God . This standing stone statue has eight arms and the head of Buddha. When Angkor Wat became a Buddhist temple, the head of Vishnu was replaced with the head of Buddha.DSC_0052

In my impression, Angkor Wat has several basic colors – green for the trees, light brown for their roots, blackish grey for the stones. What I like in these photos is  the contrast between the dark monochromatic body of the statute and the bright colors on the clothes and the parasol. The bright colors really stood out from the whole setting!

60 thoughts on “Vishnu at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

  1. Your last couple of posts about Cambodia and the shots taken have convinced me to add this beautiful country to my “bucket list” of destinations.

  2. Undoubtedly the best thing about being a blogger is the ability to travel around the world and share in other people’s experiences without having to leave my armchair. Beautiful photos Michael.

  3. Thank you for liking my Montmartre post. What beautiful colors in your Vishnu photos and the rest too. You won me. I will be following you. Exotic destinations are always interesting 🙂

    • Hi Anna, no having been to Monmarte for quite a few years now, am missing Monmarte and Paris. I was delighted by the photos you posted. Many thanks for sharing and also for following. I’ll be following you too 🙂

  4. Dear Mr Lai,
    Ver well taken picture indeed.its very captivating.But there is one thing that caught my attention specifically in your blog above.Its the replacement of vishnu’s head with buddha’s head.I have read asked people who have written books on hindu mythology and some told me that it isnt true.While it sure seems like like buddha’s head because lord vishnu is never portrayed anywhere with closed eyes in meditation while in a standing posture.Can you shed some more light on it?I would much appreciate it.
    Thanks and good luck

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