Ta Reach Statue at Angkor Wat in Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia - Encircle Photos

4 Ta Reach Statue at Angkor Wat in Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia

When Angkor Wat was built in the early 12th century, the temple was dedicated to Lord Sri Maha Vishnu. This 16 ½ foot, sandstone likeness stands beneath a parasol at the western entrance. The Hindu deity is considered to be the supreme god of all beings for all time and the god of preservation. When Angkor Wat became a Buddhist temple in the late 13th century, the statue’s head was replaced with a Buddha image. The original head was returned during a 2000 restoration project. The sculpture, known as Ta Reach or the King of the Ancestors, is still revered by Cambodians. They frequently make an offering of a pig’s head.

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Angkor Wat, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

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