Angkor Thom: South gate – Indra seated on a three-headed elephant

Angkor Thom south gate - Indra seated on a three-headed elephant

Angkor Thom south gate – Indra seated on a three-headed elephant

Angkor Thom south gate
The image shows the right side view of the gate at the south entrance of the ancient city of Angkor Thom, which is located near the Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

The lower half of the view shows Indra’s vehicle Airavata, a three-headed elephant, and the upper half shows the damaged and weathered statues of Indra and devas (demigods). The south gate is symmetrical about the north-south axis, so the left and right sides of the gate are identical in design.

The city of Angkor Thom was founded in the late 12th century by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII on the western banks of the Siem Reap River. It has four gates, each built facing a cardinal direction. Of all the four gates, the south gate is relatively intact and is one of the most photographed structures in Siem Reap.

Indra Related Images
Gods Vs. Asuras Bas-Relief – Indra Riding Airavata – Lower level gallery of the Angkor Wat Temple
Burning of Khandava Forest – Indra Dousing the Fire Set by Agni – East Library Facade of the Banteay Srei Temple
Indra Riding Airavata – A bas-relief on the pediment of the gopura at the entrance
Indra with his Consort Indrani – Outer wall of the Somanathapura Keshava Temple in Karnataka, India

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

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