people often say there are places you ought to visit when you enter a country for the first time, else it will look as if you didn’t visit at all. One of those places you can’t miss out to see when you visit Cambodia is Banteay Samre temple in Angkor.
People rarely visit Banteay Samre temple, but it stands out to be the best. It is a situated a bit far from the other temples but has a charming look that can hardly be ignored. Banteay Samre temple was kept beautifully and explained to us as a small version of Angkor Wat.
Brief History of Banteay Samre Temple
Banteay Samre temple can be tagged as one of the smallest. It was named after the inhabitants of Samre. It has a beautiful lintels and pediments with well-kept carvings of Hindu. It is situated at about 500 meters East Baray, which was devoted to Vishnu, the god of Hindu.
The Banteay Samre Temple is related with the legend of the cucumber king. It recounts a local rancher who developed delicious cucumbers on his field. After his first harvest, he displayed some of them to the king. The king loved the cucumbers so much that he requested the rancher to execute any individual who attempted to steal them or enter his farmland.
At some point, the king, aching for the essence of the cucumbers, went to the field to get some of them. As it was at night, the rancher did not recognize the king, he accidentally slaughtered him. As the king did not have any child, it was chosen that an imperial elephant would pick the next king.
The elephant was allowed to stroll towards the ranchers’ field. At the point when the creature stopped before the farmer, he was made king. The royal hirelings were disappointed with the new king and disregarded him. This made the king to move out of the castle to the Banteay Samre temple.
Meaning of some preserved carvings in Banteay Samre Temple
- Indra the God of War, riding on a three-headed elephant Airavata.
- Ramayana epic carving. It signifies a fight between the hero and the ten-headed Ravana.
Scenes of Vishnu, Garuda, Krishna, Rama battling Ravana, Indra on Airavata. An army of monkeys engaged in a battle.
The hidden Altar
This altar is placed on a stand on top of the Banteay Samre temple, rounded by small galleries with a gate at the middle of both sides. In the center of the platform is a single altar tower opening to a Mandapa to the east end. Inside the Mandapa is a stone tomb with a cover on it and a small drainage at the bottom.
The Banteay Samre temple has only one tower and two libraries compare to Angkor Wat Temple, which has five temples and 6 libraries. But there are a lot of resemblances in their architectural designs and carvings.
Some Guides to note when planning to visit Banteay Samre Temple
- The best time to visit Banteay Samre temple is very early morning or late afternoon.
- The place is hot therefore you need a hat and a sunscreen.
- You need to come with a lot of bottled water.
- The libraries are situated on both sides of the altar.
- Turn right and take the short circular walk around the small wetland nature reserve if the temple entrance is overcrowded.
- Do well to come with your personal camera because you will be taking a lot of pictures.
- Put on a good and comfortable shoes and clothes.
You can visit Banteay Samre temple anytime. It is a very good place to meditate. If you sit below the trees; you hear the birds singing and appreciate the wonderful carvings. Banteay Samre temple in Cambodia is truly off track, arranged away from the extra-frequented Angkor sanctuaries.
The sanctuary is known as following the Samre, a very much-utilized social Indochinese clan in all likelihood associated with the Khmer. It is a very pleasant place to visit. The style was straightforward and there isn’t much climbing and moving to discuss.
It was under a few redesigns and there were felines that were left to wander the offices. It wasn’t a stunning spot yet at the same time, it felt great to stroll around and take photographs without many people around.
Banteay Samre is unusual yet worth the exertion and time. Since it’s in a better position, you’re additionally treated to some stunning landscape and furthermore you have a chance of discovering how local people live and lots of astonishing pictures of little networks and rice paddies en route.
The reliefs and carvings are fit as fiddle that is incredible, as it ought to have been reestablished as of late. Banteay Samre temple is a must to see among all the temples in Angkor. I meandered around carelessly, with no extraordinary explorer to occupy me. I felt I’d slipped back with time and was the first individual to discover a specific place.
A had a panic as three or perhaps four dairy animals meandered through the bush at the back of the temple. However I’d been so cleared up in being exclusively viewpoint as I almost envisioned a wild tiger that was ready to strike. Banteay Samre temple has an atmosphere of quiet puzzle about it that few of the other temples didn’t have despite their sizes.
Banteay Samre is certainly justified regardless of the trek here with heaps of shade to get away from the warming environment.
Finally, you have to purchase a ticket pass before you can enter the Archeological Park. This is the route to the recreation center, so you can get the ticket anytime. It will be ideal if you carry your international ID with you.
A day pass is around $37 while a 3-Day pass is $62. Actually the entrance fee for Banteay Samre is included in the temple pass for the main Angkor Wat complex. You cannot buy a separate ticket to visit this temple. You will have to convey your hang loose as this is checked each time you enter a sanctuary.
Banteay Samre temple is a nice place to be with your love ones. I will also recommend it for writers, because of its cool and quiet nature. I can never forget the memorable time I had in Banteay Samre temple.