SIVA TEMPLE -UNESCO Honours when UPA Denounces

via HK published on July 9, 2008

At a time Indian Government is pledged to destruct our Heritage sites for the reason it  will glorify Sanathana Dharma , UNESCO listed a Siva Temple -Preah Vihear in Cambodia in their list of  World Heritage site.

The recognition received to Preah Vihear – A 11 th Century Hindu Temple is also a reminder about the glory and reach of Hinduism in all South East Asian countries.

Construction of the first temple on the site began in the early 9th century; both then and in the following centuries it was dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva in his manifestations as the mountain gods Sikharesvara and Bhadresvara. The temple was constructed during the reigns of the kings Suryavarman I (1002–1050) and Suryavarman II (1113–1150).

An inscription found at the temple provides a detailed account of Suryavarman II studying sacred rituals, celebrating religious festivals and making gifts, including white parasols, golden bowls and elephants, to his spiritual advisor, the aged Brahman Divakarapandita. The Brahman himself took an interest in the temple, according to the inscription, donating to it a golden statue of a dancing Shiva.

Ankor Vat is another Cambodian Hindu Temple noted for it’s architectural and artistic perfection, not to mention its sheer size. The Temple Dedicated to Vishnu is build by Surya Varman 11 in 12th century. The Temple walls are sculpted with Hindu Epics of Mahabharatha and Ramayana.

Hinduism in Southeast Asia influenced the former Champa civilization in southern parts of Central Vietnam, Funan in Cambodia, the Khmer Empire in Indochina, the Srivijayan kingdom on Sumatra, the Singhasari kingdom and the Majapahit Empire based in Java, Bali, and the Philippine archipelago. The civilization of India influenced the languages, scripts, calendars, and artistic aspects of these peoples and nations.

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