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  • Writer's pictureMadhusmita B Khaund

Angkor Wat Temple, Siem Riep, Cambodia

Updated: Oct 18, 2020

Although there are innumerable temples in India but the honour of being the biggest temple in the world goes to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It is a majestic masterpiece, a wonder in itself. Equally interesting is its history. It was originally built as a Hindu temple dedicated to lord Vishnu in the early 12th century in the capital of the Khmer kingdom 'Yashodharapura' which translates to 'Angkor' in Khmer.

The idea behind the architecture was to represent 'Mount Meru', the abode of the Hindu gods being surrounded by the oceans represented by the moat on all sides. When the Khmer king converted to Buddhism, the temple was converted to a Buddhist place of worship. Then again during its history it was converted to a Hindu temple for a brief period and back to a Buddhist temple.

Whatever the dominant religion may be, but the grandeur and divine light of Angkor kept shining for centuries. And whatever the faith of the people may be, most of the idols of worship remained the same.

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