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Amongst the temples found in Angkor, Bantaey Srei stands out in its relatively small size while bearing extremely fine sandstone relief carvings that protrudes out in 3D. It is located about 20 km north of Angkor and almost at the foot of the Kulen Mountains.

In the temple, pediments and lintels are found to depict whole scenes of Hindu mythological stories. The image here shows Narasimha clawing Hiranyakasipu. Narasimha literally translates from Sanskrit as 'Man-lion', which is an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu.

Whereas the Angkor Wat is monstrous in scale, Bantaey Srei is comparatively miniature in size. The contrast doesn't end there. It is not a royal temple. Also, the almost complete decoration of its surfaces is extraordinary. The sandstone relief carvings are extremely fine and have a 3D effect on them.

Another distinct feature noted are the carvings on the pediments. A pediment refers to the relatively triangular space which sits just above the doorway or openings. The contrast here is the large pediments in Bantaey Srei contain whole scenes of mythological stories, as can be seen in the image here. Below is the description of the scene...

From the angkorguide...
"The two frontons, dedicated to Shiva; - To the east (Ramayana) is the giant Ravana, with multiple heads and arms, trying to shake the mount Kailasa - represented by a tiered pyramid similar to the mount Meru of the temple-mountains and set on a stylised forest background. At the summit sits Shiva with his wife Parvati crouching beside him in a delightfully abandoned pose. The different tiers are populated by animals that flee in terror, by figures with animal heads and by ascetics."

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