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Unearthing the Past: Yash Jegathesan's Insight into Cambodia's Archaeological and Healing Traditions

Step into the world of Cambodia, where temples whisper softly of ancient kings honouring their ancestors, gods, and goddesses. However, an intriguing aspect often overlooked is the historical context behind the construction of temples by the Kings. While history paints a canvas where Kings' hands shaped these sanctuaries, the enigmatic silence veils any mention of Queens in this sacred craft.

Join me on a temple-hopping adventure as I unravel the secrets of these majestic structures, each holding clues to bygone healing rituals, traditions and archaeological wonders. Let's not forget the maritime trade links with India's Tamil Nadu that could push these temples way back in time. For a deeper understanding of the rich heritage of Tamil Civilisation, I invite you to explore my blog on Keeladi, with a link provided in the related post section for your perusal.

Before we plunge into the depths of this chronicle, let me extend my gratitude to our ancestor, Shiva, whose divine gaze unveils truths hidden to mortal eyes and for opening my eyes to hidden treasures.

Let us commence with the Thousand Lingams at Mount Kulen, Cambodia where there are squares; each square made up of 64 lingams (8x8) along the Mount Kulen river. The Kings understood Shiva as the cosmic dancer and mathematician, symbolizing infinity, comprehended the significance of the number 8 (8x8=64; 1 representing male, and 0 symbolising female). In the realm of computing, this holds resemblance to binary code. The sacred number 8, a symbol of cosmic balance and unity. For a detailed exploration of the 64 forms of Shiva and Number Symbolism, and a brief article about Animal Symbolism and its connection to humanity and existence, I encourage you to peruse my blog through the related post section.

Also, there were significantly large lingams at Mount Kulen.

Expanding on the theme of animal symbolism, I want to recount my first visit to Rishikesh, where I experienced a miraculous event with a white cow coming to my rescue. The cow appeared out of nowhere and swiftly thwarted an oncoming scooter. Its eyes were intense as it stopped the scooter and its passengers in a fraction of a second. Uttarakhand, known as the land of Gods and Goddesses, made me believe that the white cow was the sacred Nandi, the divine vehicle of Shiva. This incident made me realize that Shiva, in the form of the white cow, was always there to protect me.

The Tamil Inscriptions at Angkor Wat offer a fascinating glimpse into the historical connections between Tamil culture and the ancient city. As confirmed by visiting professors from India, the inscriptions provide valuable insight into the rich Tamil heritage present in Cambodia. Discovering these linguistic and cultural ties reminds us of the interconnectedness of our shared history. Tamil, known as SemMozhi, stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of its classical language and literature. By exploring and honouring these ancient connections, we foster a sense of unity and understanding among diverse cultures, paving the way for healing and harmony in our global community.

During the rule of Yasovarman I, Angkor was known as “Yasodharapura”. In ancient times, locations were typically named after the deity worshipped for protection. Could Angkor have been a temple dedicated to the Goddess? The central tower's pinnacle is shaped like Sri Chakra, symbolizing steps towards self-awareness. Inside the temple, there are numerous Shiva lingam bases without the lingams present, with Vishnu being incorporated in a later era. The absence of the Goddess's head suggests a decline or removal of her worship. Delve into research and form your own conclusions. Understanding our historical roots can pave the way for healing, uniting us all as one.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia. This is Part 1.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia. This is a sequel, Part 2.

Central Tower of Angkor Wat is called the Y axis. This is sequel part 3.

As we walk through the halls of this magnificent temple, we are reminded of the wisdom and strength passed down through generations. Each step up the stairs symbolizes a journey towards self-discovery and enlightenment. Just like the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat, this temple stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of humanity and our eternal quest for healing and understanding. Let us cherish the teachings of our ancestors and continue to climb the stairs to our own consciousness, guided by their timeless legacy.

Final sequel to Angkor Wat.

A sacred zero point, aligned with the Y cosmic axis, holds immense significance for those seeking healing and balance within themselves. Just as the ancient Angkor Wat Central tower pyramid resembles the Sri Chakra, symbolizing the universe within us, so too can we see our own bodies as temples of healing. When we stand in that special spot where the compass points to true north, we may feel a deep connection to the universal energies that flow through us, guiding us towards inner peace and restoration. Like a pyramid that channels energy towards its center, this place within the Angkor Wat temple complex can serve as a powerful beacon for our own healing journey, allowing us to tap into the ancient wisdom and sacred geometry that resides within us all.

Kaundinya, a man believed to have roots in the ancient land of Kalinga, which is present-day Odisha, India, holds a special place in the hearts of the local people. His legacy echoes through the ages, reaching the tranquil place of Yeay Tep in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The enduring reverence for Kaundinya not only reflects the interconnectedness of cultures and histories but also serves as a reminder of the profound impact that individuals can have on communities near and far. As his story continues to be shared and celebrated, it serves as a testament to the enduring power of human connection and the beauty of shared traditions across borders.

Yazhi, a combination of animals symbolizing strength and protection, stands proudly on the emblem leading the way to the Royal place in Yeay Tep, Siem Reap, Cambodia. This majestic form, a fusion of different animals, is a common sight in temples throughout Bharat (India), often adorning pillars and columns with its powerful presence. As visitors approach the Royal place, the sight of the Yazhi serves as a reminder of the rich cultural heritage and intricate craftsmanship that graces this sacred land. Its intricate design and symbolic significance invite travelers to marvel at the artistry and history that converge in this captivating location.

Phnom Bakheng, also known as Baksei Chamkrong or the Central Mountain, holds a rich history steeped in reverence for Shiva. It stands as a testament to the architectural prowess of its creator, Yasovarman I, predating the establishment of Yasodharapura, present-day Angkor. This majestic structure, built in a pyramid style comprising seven levels, exudes a sense of grandeur and spiritual significance.

Yasovarman I's legacy extends beyond the construction of Phnom Bakheng, as he also oversaw the creation of the reservoir Yasodharatataka, known today as East Baray, situated east of the Siem Reap river. His contributions were so esteemed that he was posthumously bestowed with the name Paramasivaloka, underscoring his connection to the divine.

The resemblance of Baksei Chamkrong to the Sri Chakra and its pyramid-like structure evoke comparisons to the Mayan civilization, hinting at the interconnectedness of ancient architectural practices across different cultures. It's fascinating to ponder whether this imposing edifice served as a center for healing energy in bygone eras, much like the pyramids found in various parts of the world. The enigmatic allure of pyramid structures continues to captivate and fascinate us, showcasing the ingenuity and shared human fascination with these timeless marvels.

Neak Pean Temple, constructed by Jayavarman VII with the believe of curing illnesses, is a remarkable structure rich in historical significance and healing traditions. The temple's design incorporates the symbolism of the four directions – water, earth, fire, and wind – linked to a central tank representing space or ether, demonstrating a profound connection to nature's elements. Each direction is represented by animals – the elephant, bull with a human head, horse, and lion – enhancing the temple's symbolic meaning.

The presence of small, cave-like spaces near the river, used as hospitals or consultation areas, reflects a historical context reminiscent of ancient healers and siddhas who practiced healing in similar settings. The architectural and healing principles of the temple seem to align with the concept of "Aintiram," emphasizing the five elements as documented by Mamuni Mayan in Tamil, reflecting a deep-rooted influence on the temple's construction and healing practices.

By drawing parallels between these elements and their representation in the Rider-Waite tarot card, particularly in "the world," we recognise the enduring significance of these concepts across cultures and time periods. The temple's focus on holistic healing and alignment with natural forces serves as a timeless reminder of universal wisdom and principles that continue to captivate and inspire us today.

Bayon Temple in Cambodia is truly a sight to behold, especially as it undergoes restoration to preserve its intricate beauty. The captivating wall features showcasing fish and other water animals above humans offer a unique perspective, unlike the traditional portrayal seen in Indian temples where animals are typically depicted at the bottom. Lingams adorn the walls and even the base, sparking curiosity about their origins and significance. Could these depictions represent the people of Lemuria or the Pandya dynasty of Kumari Kandam, evoking a connection to a lost continent once linked to India? Only time will reveal the secrets held within these ancient walls. Upon gazing at the mesmerising artwork, one might imagine a world submerged underwater, with fish gracefully swimming around human figures, creating a different atmosphere.

In my other video, you will discover the world of the Bayon faces, each intricately carved with a unique expression that seems to whisper stories of ancient civilisations. As you delve deeper into this exploration, you'll find striking parallels in the artistry and symbolism across various regions of India.

A sage with a third eye depicted on the wall of Bayon Temple is a mysterious figure that sparks curiosity and contemplation. Either the sage represents a wise deity or a revered historical figure, while it may well have been a goddess replaced by the current depiction. The neck above the head, still visible, hints at a deeper narrative waiting to be uncovered, and the subtle hand below the chest adds an air of aura to the enigmatic carving.

As visitors wander through the corridors of Bayon Temple, they are transported back in time to an era of spiritual significance and artistic brilliance. The intricate details of the sage's portrayal serve as a reminder of the skilled craftsmanship and profound symbolism embedded in every corner of this sacred site.

Whether contemplating the meaning behind the sage with the third eye or simply marveling at the beauty of Bayon Temple, one thing is certain – this ancient wonder continues to captivate and inspire all who are fortunate enough to behold its timeless allure.

As you stand before the towering Bayon Temple wall, the intricate carvings tell a story of ancient mysteries and symbolism. The figures depicted seem to be engaged in a powerful act - crushing something beneath the imposing wheel. However, a closer look reveals hidden details waiting to be discovered. The enigmatic tail trailing behind the figure and the faces beneath the wheel hint at a deeper meaning.

It's as if the scene captures a moment of alchemical transformation or the symbolic crushing of negativity. Each element carefully placed on the wall invites you to ponder and interpret its significance. The interplay of light and shadow on the ancient stone seems to whisper secrets of the past, urging you to delve into the realms of history.

Ta Prohm is truly a fascinating temple that holds a unique blend of history and art. The sight of the Sages undergoing transformation, with their sculpted additional legs and hands, is truly mesmerizing. As you wander through the temple, you might notice the vibrations that seem to resonate at a specific frequency, creating an almost ethereal atmosphere.

The presence of the sacred Ficus trees, standing tall and proud, adds to the ambiance of Ta Prohm. Those who understand the significance of these trees are said to gain wisdom and insight beyond measure. It's no wonder that this temple served as the backdrop for scenes in the iconic Tomb Raider movie, with its intricate carvings and aura.

One cannot help but be awed by the dinosaur-like creature sculpted on the walls, adding a touch of intrigue to the temple's already rich history. The restoration efforts led by the Archaeological Survey of India have helped preserve Ta Prohm's beauty and grandeur for generations to come. Truly, Ta Prohm stands as a testament to the ingenuity and artistry of ancient civilisations.

Banteay Srei, also known as the Citadel of Women, stands out for its stunning pink sandstone construction that gives it a unique and delicate appearance. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu deities Shiva and his consort, Parvati, portrayed sitting on the sacred bull Nandi. Among the other prominent figures depicted at Banteay Srei are Indra mounted on two white elephants and Narasimha, the lion-man incarnation of Vishnu.

One of the most striking features of Banteay Srei is the presence of Kala, the deity symbolizing time, prominently featured on lintels and pillars throughout the temple complex. Historically, it is believed that the temple was commissioned by King Rajendravarman, who ruled from 944 to 968 AD, attributing the temple's creation to his father, King Mahendravarman.

Rajendravarman's son, Isanavarman, ruled until 628 AD with a name inspired by the god Shiva, known as "Yishenaxiandai" in Chinese language. While I did not see his name mentioned in the Angkor Museum, an inscription praising Isanavarman as follows: “The great King Isanavarman is full of glory and bravery. He is the King of Kings, who rules over Suvarnabhumi until the sea”, showcases the grandeur and power associated with these ancient kings.

Intriguing information of kings, gods, and time itself intertwine at Banteay Srei, inviting visitors to delve deeper into the history and symbolism of this temple. As you explore the intricacies of this ancient site, may you uncover the hidden stories and draw your own conclusions about the legacy of these remarkable rulers.

The Preah Khan Temple stands as a remarkable site of culture, spirituality, and knowledge, its vast libraries once enriching the thoughts of those who sought wisdom within its walls. Linked with the Neak Pean temple believed to hold powers to heal the sick. Intricate carvings grace the temple walls, portraying sages in deep meditation and symbolic transformation, some with multiple limbs symbolising divine energy transmuting time and space. The imagery of sages as "Dragonflies" evokes a sense of grace and transformation. If you wish to delve deeper into the symbolism of animals, feel free to explore the link in the related post section leading to my Knowledge Center.

Noteworthy are the depictions of sages adorned with the "poonool," a sacred thread, seated beneath the Arch of Fire, symbolizing the reception of divine enlightenment akin to the aura surrounding Thillai Nataraj, the dancing Shiva. Lingams and their empty bases speckle the temple grounds, while the presence of Kala, the deity of time, reminds us of the impermanence of all things. Apsaras and Garuda sculptures, crafted from diverse materials in later centuries, add a touch of freshness to the temple's ancient beauty.

It is said that where Goddesses once stood, their heads were removed, a somber reminder of the passage of time and the changes that history brings. By understanding the stories and symbols of the past, we can embark on a journey of healing and growth. Let us extend love and peace to all, embracing the lessons of the past as we move forward with compassion and understanding.

As we explore the East Mebon Temple within the majestic Angkor Wat complex, I am immersed in a rich cultural and spiritual experience dedicated to the deity Shiva. The temple's design features 5 impressive gopurams, symbolising the concept of Aintiram, as beautifully recorded by Mamuni Mayan. I believe that within the sacred chant of Namah Shivaya lies the primordial foundation of our very existence.

By harmonizing and balancing the 5 elements represented in this temple, we are able to gain mastery and command over the universe itself. The intricate details and profound symbolism of East Mebon Temple invite us to contemplate the interconnectedness of all things and the power that lies within our ability to find balance.

Our ancestors carefully studied the stars and the movements of the sun, moon, and planets to create structures like Angkor Wat that aligned perfectly with celestial events. The intricate design and precise measurements of these ancient structures showcase the incredible intelligence of our predecessors. Standing before Angkor Wat, one cannot help but marvel at the rich history and profound knowledge that went into its creation. It serves as a reminder of the brilliance and creativity of humanity, transcending time and technology.

Photo credit: Tour guide of Cambodia.

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Angkor Wat in the morning.

The ancient temples of Angkor Wat stand as a testament to the rich history and culture of Cambodia. Every 21st of March and September, visitors from around the world gather to admire the stunning beauty of this architectural marvel. The intricate carvings, towering spires, and expansive grounds never fail to awe those who have the privilege to explore its corridors.

As the sun sets over Angkor Wat, casting a golden hue over the ancient stones, a sense of wonder and tranquility fills the air. The subtle interplay of light and shadow creates an atmosphere, transporting visitors back in time to a bygone era of kings and gods.

So, as we marvel at the beauty of Angkor Wat in these special moments, let us also take a moment to appreciate the people who work behind the scenes to make this experience possible. Their efforts truly make every visit to Angkor Wat a memorable and enlightening one.

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Phenomenal at Angkor Wat

A Quote I Admire

Claude Monet once said, "For me, the subject is of secondary importance: I want to convey what is alive between me and the subject." I aspire to have captured this essence in my article. I trust you found my exploration of Cambodia as captivating as I did.

As I conclude this article on Cambodia, remember that this is not the end of our journey. Feel free to explore more enriching content and updates on various topics at my Knowledge Center. Until we meet again on another adventure of discovery and enlightenment.

This article celebrates the deity Shiva, representing wisdom, strength, and balance. By paying homage to Shiva, we acknowledge the interconnectedness, cyclical nature of existence, and the importance of inner and outer harmony. Drawing wisdom from Shiva's teachings can assist in gracefully overcoming life's obstacles with resilience, embracing change and rejuvenation. Shiva is revered as an ancestor, bridging us to a heritage and spirituality that influences our shared consciousness.


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