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Kobal Spien

Listed under Religious Archeology in Cambodia.

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It takes some doing to divert a river and carve designs into the rock of the river bed, but for Hindu people living in this region of Cambodia between the 11th and 13th Centuries nothing was too much trouble to purify the waters running towards Angkor Wat and this is surely a beautiful, lasting way to do it. The name comes from the choice of design carved into the river, lingas are representations of the Hindu god Shivas sex organs. Surprisingly the waters haven’t entirely worn the designs away, but they must have been far deeper when originally completed.

There’s a lot to see and understand here so it helps if you arrange a guide explain it all to you, but it’s not essential and the section of decorated river is only about a half hour walk from the from the drop off point. The carvings begin with a large rendering of Vishnu, then further along images of Rama, Lachsme and Hanuman have been included amongst the lingas which finish about 40 minutes walk later when the river runs over a waterfall.

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