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The Lord of Three Lights
Prasat Kravan was consecrated in 921 by a high official at the court of King Harshavarman I named Mahadharavarman. The temple is consist of five tower brick shrines that aligned north-south and facing east. The name of Prasat Kravan means Temple Cardamom (creeper of sweet smelling flower). The temple derived this name after the tree that stood there once, the original name is not known.
Something interesting about this temple is that it has similar chief form to temple in Koh Ker. It might not be coincidence; it could be an indicative to political rivalry between the two capitals. However, when Harshavarman I was reigning in Angkor, a rival capital was being founded in Koh Ker by his uncle, who later succeeded to the kingship as Jayavarman IV. The chief form of Vishnu worshipped at Prasat Kravan was named Trailokyanatha, while central aspect of Shiva worshipped at Koh Ker was called Tribhuvaneshvara. Both of them means “The Lord of Three Lights”. Choose your fighter? 😁
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