Love & Compassion in Banteay Chhmar


Avalokitesvara at Banteay Chhmar


One important thing for me to visit Banteay Chhmar Temple in North-western Cambodia, near the border of Thailand, was to see the beauty of Avalokitesvara which the reliefs can be seen on the western wall of the temple. The marvel Buddhist Temple which was built by King Jayavarman VII in the 12th to the early 13th century, is actually dedicated to the beloved son of The King, Crown Prince Indravarman, together with his four guards who gave their lives for the Prince in a battle.

Avalokitesvara is a boddhisattva who embodied love and compassion from all of the Buddhas and often described in many forms, sometimes as a woman and some other times as a man. Further to the Chinese Buddhist philosophy, Avalokitesvara has evolved into a somewhat different female figure, Guanyin or in Indonesia usually called Dewi Kwan Im. And in the land of Sakura, Japan, Avalokitesvara was known as Kanzeon or Kannon.

Because of the unconditional love and compassion of Avalokitesvara, she is usually depicted with a lot of hands, which means the one who never stops helping others who are suffered in life.

So when you have the opportunity to visit Banteay Chhmar temple, do not forget to see Avalokitesvara at the western side. It is a special spot for the tourist which every locals know. And who knows, Avalokitesvara’s hands may help you for your own love life.

In response to the weekly challenge that Celina and Riyanti created, with the theme for this week: Love

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