What was the Angkor Wat temple used for?
It is generally accepted that Angkor Wat was a funerary temple for King Suryavarman II and oriented to the west to conform to the symbolism between the setting sun and death. The bas-reliefs, designed for viewing from left to right in the order of Hindu funereal ritual, support this function.
What are the different temples of Angkor Wat?
Most of these can be visited in a day, especially with a well-organised temple tour.
- Angkor Wat Temple.
- Bayon Temple.
- Banteay Srei Temple (Citadel of the Women)
- Ta Prohm Temple.
- Angkor Thom Temples.
- Preah Khan Temple.
- Pre Rup Temple.
- Phnom Bakheng Temple.
What continent is Cambodia?
Which is the second largest temple in the world?
Current largest temples
|Rank||Name of the temple||Area (m²)|
|2||Swaminarayan Akshardham (North America)||660,000|
|3||Sri Ranganathasvamy Temple||631,000|
Why is Angkor Wat abandoned?
The cause of the Angkor empire’s demise in the early 15th century long remained a mystery. But researchers have now shown that intense monsoon rains that followed a prolonged drought in the region caused widespread damage to the city’s infrastructure, leading to its collapse.
Why is Angkor Wat famous?
Though just one of hundreds of surviving temples and structures, the massive Angkor Wat is the most famed of all Cambodia’s temples—it appears on the nation’s flag—and it is revered for good reason. The 12th century “temple-mountain” was built as a spiritual home for the Hindu god Vishnu.