West-facing facade of the north sanctuary tower
The north sanctuary tower is situated inside the inner enclosure in the inner enclosure of the Bantaey Sei Temple, about 16 miles northeast of Siem Reap, Cambodia.
The image shows the west-facing facade of the north sanctuary tower, a squarish structure resting on a star-shaped platform. At the center of this facade is a false door, carved only for decorative purposes. Behind this door is the inner sanctum, the entrance to which is on the east-facing facade. The design of this facade is symmetrical about the vertical axis centered at the middle of the door.
Surrounding the false door are the decorative panels, exquisitely carved with an artwork of foliage and geometrical patterns. Also carved into two panels are the devatas (demi-goddesses) enclosed by beautifully carved artwork.
The bas-relief on the lintel depicts Kubera, the god of wealth, carried by a man (Kubera’s vehicle is a man). Above the lintel, there are multiple levels of pediments. Carved into the bottommost pediment is Varuna, the god of the sky, oceans, and water, riding three hamsas (swans). The primary reason for Varuna’s carving in the west-facing facade is that he is one of the Ashta Dikpalas (Guardians of the Eight Directions), and his responsibility is to guard the west direction.
– North Sanctuary Tower – North facing facade
– North Sanctuary Tower – West facing facade
– North Sanctuary Tower – East Facing Facade
– South Sanctuary Tower – East Facing Facade
– South Sanctuary Tower – South Facing Facade
– Angkor Wat, Angkor Wat Bas-Reliefs, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei
– Phnom Kulen, Tonlé Sap, Cambodia
– Bali, Prambanan, Prambanan Bas-Reliefs, Borobudur, Indonesia
– Hampi Virupaksha Temple Murals: Ashta Dikpalas (Guardians of the Eight Directions)
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