Kama shooting arrows at Shiva
The south library is situated near the entrance of inner enclosure of the Banteay Srei Temple located 16 miles northeast of Siem Reap, Cambodia. The pediment depicts a story from Shiva Purana in which Kama (Kamadeva), the god of love and carnal desire, strikes Shiva with Kamabana (Kama’s arrows) so as to arouse passion and desire in meditating Shiva.
Here is the story from Shiva Purana in brief:
After the death of his wife Sati, a grief-stricken Shiva started meditating, resulting in a great imbalance in the world. Meanwhile, Sati was reborn as Parvati and the gods wanted Shiva to marry Parvati. To accomplish this goal, Indra, the king of heaven and the devas (demigods), sends Kama to break Shiva’s meditation and arouse passion and desire in him to make him love Parvati.
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