Angkor Wat: Samudra Manthana bas-relief depicting Hanuman and the devas churning the Ocean of Milk

A section of the Samudra Manthana bas-relief depicting Hanuman and the devas churning the Ocean of Milk

A section of the Samudra Manthana bas-relief depicting Hanuman and the devas churning the Ocean of Milk

Samudra Manthana – Deva Side
The image shows a section of the bas-relief carved on the southern section of the east gallery that is located on the perimeter of the lower level of the Angkor Wat Temple at Siem Reap, Cambodia.

The bas-relief depicts one of the famous legends of Hindu mythology, the Samudra Manthana (Churning of the Ocean of Milk), which is a collaborative effort by devas (demi-gods) and asuras (demons) to produce amrita, the nectar of immortality. With the seven-headed snake called Vasuki as the rope and the Mount Mandara as the churning rod, the devas and asuras on either side of the Mount Mandara tug Vasuki to churn the ocean.

The section of the bas-relief shown on the image belongs to the deva side of the Samudra Manthana. In this section, Hanuman, the monkey god from Ramayana, and the devas are pulling the body of Vasuki to churn the Ocean of Milk. To the right of Hanuman is the army of devas on elephants and horses. The apsaras on the top are cheer-leading Hanuman and the devas.

Samudra Manthana Related Images
Asura Side
Middle Section

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Angkor Wat, Angkor Wat Bas-Reliefs, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei
Phnom Kulen, Tonle’ Sap, Cambodia
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