Sunday, March 1, 2009
Ta Prohm Kel, built in the late 12th century and supported today by wooden beams and struts. It's located in a quiet clearing and has devatas on its walls, some tapestry medallions on its doorjambs and a lintel and pediment where the main Buddhist dieties have been removed. There's a legend associated with the site that suggests Pona Krek, a paralysed beggar was cured by the mount of Indra, Airavata, who carried him away, but there's no carvings to that effect though lots of small stone carved figures reside on the ground around the shrine. It opens to the east with false doors on the other sides though the west side is badly eroded. Further along the road to the South Gate of Angkor Thom, where I was headed to begin my bike ride around the walls of the city, I stopped for a quick peek at the small brick shrine of Rong Lmong - restored in the late 1960s - sat high on a brick base with its worn lintel of the three-headed Airavata, minus Indra. Another small temple that gets overlooked by the masses.
A kala lintel with vegetal scrolls and the small Buddhist figure removed. This pediment above has two rows of worshippers but with no central figure remaining. This is on the north side.
The 3 heads of Airavata are visible but Indra is not, on this lintel at Rong LmongThe small brick shrine of Rong Lmong, a few hundred metres before the South Gate of Angkor Thom