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  Ta Prohm

 

Cambodia

The remnants of Ta Prohm, a Khmer temple at Angkor, which was formerly known as Rajavihara.

 

According to a stele commemorating its foundation, the temple was founded in 1186 AD by King Jayavarman VII, as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery.

 

  Ta Prohm

 

  Ta Prohm

 

The temple's main image represents Prajnaparamita, i.e. the bodhisattva of knowledge (fig.), and was purportedly modelled on the king's mother.

 

The inscriptions also state that the temple had considerable riches, including gold, pearls and silks. Expansions and additions to Ta Prohm continued well into the 15th century.

 

  Ta Prohm

 

  Ta Prohm

 

Today, the complex is very popular, because it is left in much the same condition in which it was found, i.e. in the jungle and covered with trees of which the roots overgrow the ruins.

 

As in many other Angkor temples, the walls are decorated with Apsaras (fig.).

See also THAILAND'S NEIGHBOURS & BEYOND, as well as TRAVEL PICTURES (1), (2), (3) and (4).

 

  Ta Prohm