Baksei Chamkrong is a small Hindu temple situated in the Angkor complex, in Siem Reap, in Cambodia. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and used to hold a golden idol of him. It was dedicated to Yasovarman by his son; King Harshavarman The temple was completed by Rajendravarman II (944-968) Baksei Chamkrong means "The Bird Who Shelters Under Its Wings" and comes from a legend.
About The Temple
This temple is one of the first temples constructed of durable material such as bricks and laterite and with decoration in sandstone. Much of the stucco on the surface of the temple has vanished. The main sandstone lintel is decorated with a fine carving of Indra standing on his three-headed elephant Airavata. Garlands are seen on either side of Indra in the style current to the monument.
How to Reach
There are regular flights from Singapore, Vientiane and Ho Chi Minh City. Most of the visitors arrive by flight from Bangkok and Phnom Penh to reach Siem Reap. Cambodia is well connected with Laos, Vietnam and Thailand via roads. The passenger ferries which plying between Vietnam’s Chau Doc and the Cambodian capital can be availed to Phnom Penh.
Baksei Chamkrong Temple,
Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
The temple is open from 6AM to 9PM.