Saturday, March 15, 2008
Lokeshvara are from the northern and southern faces of the western gopura, the outer enclosure of Wat Nokor in Kompong Cham. One of the best preserved Jayavarman VII temples in the provinces, Wat Nokor retains a wealth of carvings throughout the extensive complex. These Lokeshvara carvings - Lokeshvara is the Cambodian version of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara or Lord of Compassion, protecting humans from dangers like flooding, fire, thieves and so on, healing all illnesses as well as granting children of the required sex to those that request them - were a popular feature of Jayavarman VII temples across the country and took on greater importance than the historical Buddha himself. In both pediments, worshippers accompany the main figure, the top (northern) also has flying apsara whilst the bottom (southern) has two of his original four arms missing.