The Overhang

Cave 16 incorporated an overhang to protect the side caves from inclement weather (the monsoons) and provide shade from the intense Indian sun. Three sides were protected by the overhang. The fourth side, the entryway, did not have the provision. Pillars decorated the inside of the overhang. The amazing thing about this and all the…

Elephant Sentries

Kailasa temple in Cave 16 is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Shiva. It was by far the most magnificent of the temples. It was both carved into the surrounding rock. It was the only cave to feature a standalone temple. It was all carved from solid rock. Three sides of the temple featured elephant…

Intricacy

The delicacy and detail in the Banteay Srey carvings is phenomenal. This appears to be a holy man. The leaves, which are fingernail sized, on the branches around his head include leaf veins. Fine detail can be seen in much of this photo including texture in the beard. This was completed in the 10th century so…