Saturday, May 8, 2010

Kbal Spean

Kbal Spean

Constructed : 11th - 13th century
Religion: Hindu / Buddhism
Location : 40Km from Siem Reap.

Comment : Kbal Spean, Known under the name of "the thousand Lingas river" consists of sculptures dug in the cliff of the bed of the river on a 200 meter length between a bridge and a waterfall. These sculptures to sanctify the water of the river, date between XI and XIIIth century.

To go to Kbal Spean, after having seen Bantey Srei's magnificent sculptures, there's at first a road mad of a dozen km, and then approximately 40 minutes of walking in the jungle by a small fitted out path. Several hundreds of "lingas" (representation of the sex of the god Shiva in the Hinduism) are sculptured by important groups in the river with spaces sculptured by Hanuman (the monkey god), of Ram and Lakshmi as well as that of slept Vishnou meditating in a cosmic sleep on the essential ocean. Kbal Spean's water is going to join rivers Sieam Reap and Puok by way of Angkor Wat's temple.

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