Banteay Srei, Angkor, Cambodia

January 2012

©2012 G J Porter

Completed in 967, Banteay Srei was the only major temple at Angkor not built for the king.  Instead it was constructed by Yajnvavahara, one of the king's counselors.  The southern buildings of the temple were dedicated to Shiva and the northern ones to Vishnu.  The temple's original name was Tribhuvanamahesvara - "great lord of the threefold world" named after the central image a Shalvite linga.  The modern name, Banteay Srei - "citadel of the women" or "citadel of beauty" generally refers to the intricacy of the carvings and tiny dimension of the architecture.