Angkor Wat: Gods Vs. Asuras Bas-Relief – Multi-headed Asura Riding a Chariot

Multi-headed Asura riding a chariot depicted in the Gods Vs. Asuras bas-relief carved in the lower-level gallery of the Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Multi-headed Asura Riding a Chariot

Multi-headed Asura Riding a Chariot
The image shows a section of the Gods Vs. Asuras bas-relief depicting a battle scene in which an unidentified asura (demon) commander fighting the gods. This bas-relief is carved on the western section of the north gallery located on the perimeter of the lower level of the Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Check the Angkor Wat Temple Layout for the exact location of the Battle between Gods Vs. Asuras bas-relief. Read the Angkor Wat Bas-Reliefs page for a detailed description of this and other bas-reliefs.

As you can see from the image, the asura has multiple heads and hands and is riding in a multiple-horse driven chariot. Surrounding Vishnu and Garuda are the devas and asuras engaged in hand-to-hand combat. You can still see the original red paint near the asura. The entire gallery at the lower level must have been a dazzling sight with beautifully carved bas-reliefs painted in different colors.

Gods Vs. Asuras Images
Vishnu Riding Garuda
Varuna Riding Makara
Indra riding Airavata
Kartikeya (Skanda) Riding a Peacock
Brahma in a Cocoon

Related Pages
Angkor Wat, Angkor Wat Bas-Reliefs, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei
Phnom Kulen, Tonlé Sap, Cambodia
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