Samudra Manthana – Asura Side
The image shows a section of the bas-relief carved on the southern section of the east gallery located on the perimeter of lower level of the Angkor Wat Temple at Siem Reap, Cambodia.
The bas-relief depicts one of the famous legends of Hindu mythology, Samudra Manthana (Churning of the Ocean of Milk), which is a collaborative effort by devas (demi-gods) and asuras (demons) to produce amrita, the nectar of immortality. With the seven-headed snake called Vasuki as the rope and Mount Mandara as the churning rod, the devas and asuras on either side of Mount Mandara tug Vasuki to churn the ocean.
The section of the bas-relief shown on the image belongs to the asura side of the Samudra Manthana. In this section, Ravana, who is shown near the head of Vasuki, and the asuras are pulling the body of Vasuki. To the left of Ravana is the army of asuras on elephants and horses. On the top of the image are the apsaras cheer-leading Ravana and the asuras.
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