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Wats in a name!
Wat's in a name
For those curious about the meanings of the names of Angkor temples,and other sites here is a brief explanation for the most popular names. you may come across.
is a Khmer term meaning "city." It comes from the Sanskrit nagara.
means "temple city."and is sometimes referred to as ''Angkor Vatt''
were the celestial dancers born out of the "Churning of the Ocean Of Milk" (see Angkor Wat)
is a Khmer term meaning "citadel" or "fortress," which is also applied to walled temples.
: means Citadel of the Cells, Kdei refers to the monks' cells in the temple.
means "citadel of women." Srey or Srei: originally meant wealth in Sanskrit. The modern Khmer term "Srei" means "woman." Both terms are regularly used and mean the same.
the meaning is is unclear, but a plausible translation is Leading Sacred Amulet.
as in Beng Mealea refers to the a tree of the same name or Boeng as in Pool or Lake .
as in Banteay Chhmar, means cat.
is the Khmer word for elephant as at Prasat Damrei in Koh Ker.
Esvara or Isvara:
is a suffix referring to the god Shiva.
is a Sanskrit term meaning "entrance pavilion" or "gateway."
is a mythical half man half eagle.
is a prefix meaning "victory."
refers to the natural rock bridge which the Siem Reap River flows under in Kulen Mountan
The Khmer term means storehouse.
Kompong or Kampong:
this means harbour; but also applies to towns on rivers as in Kompong Khleang, Harbour of the storehouses.
Hindu Phallic Symbol
the Sanskrit original name means City (Nagara) of the Victor (Jaya).
the Sacred Bull; often depicted being ridden by Hindu God Shiva.
is a Khmer term meaning "mountain."
is a Khmer term meaning "tower." It comes from the Sanskrit word "prasada.
near the south gate of Angkor Thom means Three Towers.
is a Khmer term meaning "sacred" or "holy."
means "sacred sword."and refers to the sacred sword used only by the king.
translates as the turning of the body to ash. Pre Rup is considered to be a funeral temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.
is the Sanscrit term for Royal Monastery.
means Bridge as in Kbal Spean.
means "Protected by Surya, the sun-god."
is a Khmer term meaning "ancestor" or "grandfather." it is the modern term for ''old''
means "Ancestor Brahma." Neak Ta means "ancestors" or "ancestral spirits."
means stone as in "Spean Thma" The Old Stone Bridge
as in Wat Thmei means new
is a Khmer term meaning "big." (Angkor Thom means "big city.")
is a suffix meaning "shield" or "protector."
he is the God of death as seen on the "Leper King Terrace" .
he representation of the female sex organ always with the Linga or Male Organ.
is a Khmer term, derived from the Sanskrit "vattaram", meaning Buddhist) "temple".
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