Eight-armed Vishnu

Eight-armed Vishnu

And I thought that Vishnu had four arms (which is two too many already). But the Vishnu-statue at Angkor Wat has eight.

The statue greeted us at the western entrance of Angkor Wat. It’s hard to miss. It’s about five meters tall, and buddhists and buddhists monks prayed before it and offered fruits. It was draped with a very yellow shimmering cloth.

Angkor wat used to be a Hindu temple, so the statue originally portrayed Vishnu. Later, when it turned into a buddhist temple, they removed the old head of the vishnu statue and replaced it with a buddha-looking god.

Angkor wat is the only ancient man-made Wonder of World that does not just serve as tourist attraction. It also remains a popular place of worship among buddhists.

 

 

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