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Angkorian temple Banteay Srei (late 10th century) 967.<br />
View from NW inner enclosure.Left is the northern library with pediment showing Krishna killing Kamsa. All three sanctuary towers have the same motif on the western side with pediments showing Varuna, gaurdian god of the west riding on geese.The lintels shows Ravana abducting Sita.<br />
Banteay Srei temple has three sanctuary towers.The central sanctuary and the southern sanctuary were dedicated to Shiva and the northern sanctuary was dedicated to Vishnu.<br />
Banteay Srei temple is situated 20km north of Angkor, built during the reign of Rajendravarman by Yajnavaraha, one of his counsellors. In antiquity Isvarapura was a small city that grew up around the temple. Banteay Srei was dedicated to the worship of Shiva, the foundation stele describes the consecration of the linga Tribhuvanamahesvara (Lord of the three worlds) in 967.
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