Bakong Hariharalaya 4 storey temple

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Adjacent to Lolei temple complex, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Bakong Hariharalaya 4 storey temple Siem Reap Reviews

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The World beneath your feet. Mar 25, 2013
Believe it or not,this site built in the later part of the 8 th century,has survived time,the long, bitter civil war and land mines.Surrounded by a moat as in the case of all temples in Siem reap this is one among the oldest having this unique character.Said to have been built by the king in tune with the vedic architecture in Dravidian style it glorifies the Siva and Vishnu deities and blends a culture unique to Cambodia quite contrary to its counter parts in India were Shaivite and Vaishnavite religious practices were at logger heads for political leadership.

Let history be left to the historians;this temple complex is a four storey structure very similar to the common beliefs of the saivites and Vaishnavites about the abode of their gods in mount Meru or the Himalayas.Called the Hariharalaya or the abode of God one who climbs all the four storeys to the top will realise the grandeur of the structure on the hill and the powerful feeling of holding the land below your feet at your command.

The view of the land scape is tantalizing and if you imagine a population chanting praise to your name with you standing right on top above I guess one will realize the power behind that feeling and the reason for the may wars fought to retain it.

The site is well preserved and well connected.It forms part of the Roulous group of tours and the Weekly or three day pass may cover the entry fee as long it is valid.

The climb uphill is steep but manageable and even the older people can make it to the top,to experience the feeling of the world beneath your feet.

When you walk back to your tuk tuk,car or bus you may be accosted by the deprived school children who greet you in chorus.Smile and share what you can,try helping them rebuild their heritage. Smile,laugh and play with them.Do spread the feeling that the world cares for them for they deserve it...those unfortunate,lovely,happy,innocent children.
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