The Elephant of East Mebon

When I did my tour of Siem Reap, Cambodia earlier this year- I visited a number of temples- not just the most famous ones- The Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Phrom and the likes but scores of smaller temples scattered in the vicinity. One of these temples was called East Mebon. This temple was constructed around the 10th Century AD.

In appearance it looks very much like temples you would find in South India. But typical to the temples in the Angkor region the temple soars high above the ground- having been raised over a number of terraces with steep flights of stairs. Also at the time of its construction the temple stood on an island in the middle of a reservoir. A person could really feel that he was climbing the holy mountain in the midst of the sea. The temple was dedicated to Shiva. What struck me most about the temple was the lovely rendering of elephants- the first time I saw an elephant sculpture in Cambodia. There was one elephant each in the corner of the terraces looking out over the horizon.

Elephant of East Mebon
Elephant of East Mebon

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Nirmala says:

    Remarkable . Very nice!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you!

  2. Lav says:

    That elephant is so prettily bedecked! I can almost see the procession behind it. 🙂 nice photo

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Yep, I loved the details

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