"Devatas of the Shadows": the goddesses of Preah Khan

Sacred images of goddesses remain in the shadowed alcoves of Preah Khan temple.

Seen by few visitors, these sculpted devatas have fascinated researcher Kent Davis, who's been documenting them for years. In his own words, "Preah Khan itself has lived long in the shadow of its older sister, Ta Prohm".
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Preah Khan (ប្រាសាទព្រះខ័ន, meaning "Royal Sword") is the temple built in the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII to honor his father. Located northeast of Angkor Thom and west of the Jayatataka baray, the temple was an important place of worship, with close to 100,000 officials and servants. Successive rectangular galleries are organized around a Buddhist sanctuary, with several Hindu satellite temples and numerous later additions around.

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