Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat (Khmer: អង្គរវត្ត or “Capital Temple”) was initial a Hindu, later a Buddhist, sanctuary complex in Cambodia and the biggest religious landmark on the planet. The sanctuary was constructed by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the mid twelfth century in Yaśodharapura (Khmer: យសោធរបុរៈ, present-day Angkor), the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state sanctuary and inevitable mausoleum. Breaking from the Shaiva custom of past rulers, Angkor Wat was rather committed to Vishnu. As the best-safeguarded sanctuary at the site, it is the stand out to have remained a critical religious focus subsequent to its establishment. The sanctuary is at the highest point of the high traditional style of Khmer construction modeling. It has turned into an image of Cambodia, showing up on its national banner, and it is the nation’s prime fascination for guests.

Angkor Wat consolidates two essential arrangements of Khmer sanctuary construction modeling: the sanctuary mountain and the later galleried sanctuary, in view of ahead of schedule Dravidian building design, with key highlights, for example, the Jagati. It is intended to speak to Mount Meru, home of the devas in Hindu mythology: inside a canal and an external divider 3.6 kilometers (2.2 mi) long are three rectangular exhibitions, every raised over the following. At the core of the sanctuary stands a quincunx of towers. Not at all like most Angkorian sanctuaries, Angkor Wat is arranged toward the west; researchers are isolated as to the noteworthiness of this. The sanctuary is appreciated for the magnificence and agreement of the structural engineering, its far reaching bas-reliefs, and for the various devatas embellishing its dividers.


The current name, Angkor Wat, signifies “Sanctuary City” or “City of Temples” in Khmer; Angkor, signifying “city” or “capital city”, is a vernacular manifestation of the expression nokor (នគរ), which originates from the Sanskrit word nagara (नगर). Wat is the Khmer word for


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