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Worlds Biggest Hindu Temple- Angkor Wat Temple

By: Pinki Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:37 AM

Worlds Biggest Hindu Temple- Angkor Wat Temple

If someone asks you where is the world’s biggest hindu temple then will defiantly say it is in India but it is not true. The world’s largest hindu temple is  situated in South-East Asia in Krong Siem Reap City in Cambodia and the name of the temple is Angkor Wat.

 The Angkor is derived from Sanskrit word “Nagar” which means city and the whole word Angkor Wat means Temple City. But it’s Original name is not Angkor Wat it was named later it’s original name is still Unknown. It was found by  Mouhot.

 Angkor Wat was built in the first half of the 12th century and was constructed by King Suryavarman II in 1113–50. It was originally founded as a Hindu capital for the Khmer Empire, that gradually it transformed into a Buddhist temple toward the end of the 12th century. It encloses 162.6 ha (401 acres) area in Cambodia. It was built to worship God Vishnu.

The temple was built with Sandstone Rock rather than using Bricks which were quarried from the holy mountain of Phnom Kulen which is more than 50 Km away from the temple. This Temple is oriented from west instead of orienting from east. It is the prime Example of classical style of khamer architecture. The temple stands on a terrace raised higher than the city. It is made of three rectangular galleries rising to a central tower, each level higher than the last. Mannikka interprets these galleries as being dedicated to the king, Brahma, the moon, and Vishnu. Integrated with the architecture of the building, and one of the causes for its fame is Angkor Wat`s extensive decoration, which predominantly takes the form of beys-relief friezes. The inner walls of the outer gallery bear a series of large-scale scenes mainly depicting episodes from the Hindu epics the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

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