Mangalartha, Siem Reap

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Mangalartha (Khmer: មង្គលាថ៌ - Mongkulathak), or East Prasat Top (Khmer: ប្រាសាទតុបខាងកើត) or Monument 487 (Khmer: ប្រាសាទលេខ៤៨៧), is a tiny Hindu temple at Angkor, Cambodia.


It is located in Angkor Thom, south of Victory Way, at the end of a track in the jungle which begins some 300 m before the Victory Gate. As it consists of a small ruined shrine on a basement, overgrown with vegetation, it is one of less visited temples of Angkor.


It was dedicated on Thursday 28 April 1295 CE, according to its four sided inscribed stele, and its importance is all about being the last of the known Angkor monuments dated with precision.


It was built in sandstone during the reign of Jayavarman VIII, in honour of a Brahmin scholar called Mangalartha, assimilated to Vishnu. It's cruciform in plan and opens to east, while on the other cardinal points there are false doors. The sanctuary chamber sheltered two statues, one of Mangalartha and the other of his mother, whose pedestal is still in place. The pediments lie on the ground. They show Vishnu reclining on Shesha, the three strides of Vishnu to regain the World, a Shiva dancing with four arms and Krishna lifting Mount Govardhana.
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  • When I went to Angkor Thom, I stopped at the ruins temple. The statue went on the terrace, after King Lai's terrace. It enters the side road in front of the gate of victory, but it is a side road that you do not understand unless it is said to the luck of the guide and the charter taxi to say clearly. It's close to the beast road. Also, because there are very few people, it is about 100m on the way, but do not you hesitate? It's a feeling of anxiety. However, when I went to the ruins with the pounding feeling, a semi-destroyed temple appeared that extended the sarcophagus, and with moss...
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  • I wanted to visit this very small temple because it's the only one that Jayavarman VIII built as far as my research tells. Definitely off the beaten path, you'll likely be the only one there. Two locals passed through looking for medical plants in the jungle.
  • A small sandstone temple lost in the jungle. A very quiet place indeed, with lots of bugs around!
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