Monday, February 15, 2010
Prasat Phimai in Isaan. There were few people at Phimai during the time of my visit, so I was able to appreciate the temple in its peaceful and well-appointed surroundings. Outside the walls of the temple lies the city of Phimai and closeby is the Phimai museum. These are just a small selection of my photographs. For starters, you can see other pictures here, here, here and here.
A defaced lintel on the west face that in its original form showed the building of the causeway to Lanka with monkeys carrying stones and other characters
A lintel and pediment combination from the central mandapa at Prasat Phimai. The pediment shows Shiva receiving tributes from the gods.
Rama has been captured by the coils of a snake and his monkey followers below are suitably distressed by his predicament
A weathered lintel above the south-east gallery of enclosure 1 showing a 10-armed Trailokyavijaya and followers
An unfinished lintel in the surrounding gallery, giving you some idea of how these wonderful pieces were carved