Krishna fighting Banasura
The image shows a section of the Krishna’s Victory over Banasura bas-relief depicting Krishna fighting Banasura’s army. He is seen riding Garuda, a vehicle of Vishnu, indicating that Krishna is an avatar of Vishnu.
The Banasura story appears in Mahabharata and Vishnu Purana. Although not very well-known, it is an interesting story in which Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu, fights Shiva and becomes victorious. This bas-relief illustrates the superiority of Vishnu over Shiva and is of great significance to King Suryavarman II, the builder of Angkor Wat, who broke the Shaiva tradition of his predecessors and made Vishnu the dominant god of the Hindu Trinity. Check the Angkor Wat Bas-Reliefs page to read about the legend of Banasura.
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