Banteay Srei, also called ” The citadel of women “, is a small temple located at 35km from Siem Reap. What a strange atmosphere, when you arrive very early in the morning. The flow of the raindrops between the sculptures of pink sandstone, the silence inside the mandapa, the clotted expression of the Devatas and the Dvarapalas, and the watchmen with a monkey head, give the impression that you are not alone in the Temple.
The temple was built in the 10th century in brick, laterite and sandstone (from the Kulen mountain). The sandstone of Banteay Sreai ranges from pink to red and brown. These three materials weren’t use in the same time.The laterite and the sandstone were used a lot during the Pre-Angkorian period and the Angkorian period. Instead of the brick was used a lot during the Post Angkorian period.
Banteay Srei was a place of worship dedicated to Shiva, and played a role in political, economic and social role as well.
The rumour is that the head of this Devata was stolen, because a man is fallen in love of her beauty…
Durga slaying the Buffalo demon.
Watchmen with a monkey head.
Banteay Srei is surrounded by a moat filled of wonderful Lili flowers and Lotus flowers.
Floodings in Banteay Srei.
Devata from the northern shrine.
Devata from the southern shrine.
Varuna (western lintel, southern shrine).
Abduction of Sita (western lintel, central shrine).
Dvarapala from the central shrine.