Battle of the Gods & the Demons

Angkor Wat

The western section of the north gallery depicts the battle between the 21 gods of the Brahmanic pantheon and various demons. The gods are featured with their traditional attributes and mounts. Vishnu has four arms and is seated on a garuda, while Shiva rides a sacred goose.

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1. Battle of Lanka

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2. Angkor Wat

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3. Krishna & the Demon King

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The eastern section of the north gallery shows Vishnu incarnated as Krishna riding a garuda. He confronts a burning walled city, the residence of Bana,…

4. Battle of Kurukshetra

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The southern portion of the west gallery depicts a battle scene from the Hindu Mahabharata epic, in which the Kauravas (coming from the north) and the…

5. Vishnu Conquers the Demons


The northern section of the east gallery shows a furious and desperate encounter between Vishnu, riding on a garuda, and innumerable devils. Needless to…

6. Army of Suryavarman II


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7. Elephant Gate

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This gate, which has no stairway, was used by the king and others for mounting and dismounting elephants directly from the gallery. North of the gate is a…

8. Heaven & Hell

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The punishments and rewards of the 37 heavens and 32 hells are depicted in the eastern half of the south gallery. On the left, the upper and middle tiers…