Battle of Lanka

Angkor Wat

The northern half of the west gallery shows scenes from the Ramayana. In the Battle of Lanka, Rama (on the shoulders of Hanuman), along with his army of monkeys, battles 10-headed, 20-armed Ravana, captor of Rama’s beautiful wife Sita. Ravana rides a chariot drawn by monsters and commands an army of giants.

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2. Battle of Kurukshetra

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4. Army of Suryavarman II

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5. Krishna & the Demon King


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6. Vishnu Conquers the Demons

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7. Heaven & Hell

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8. Elephant Gate

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