Neak Pean

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Neak Pean


Neak Pean (or Neak Poan) (Khmer: ប្រាសាទនាគព័ន្ធ) ("The entwined serpents") at Angkor, Cambodia is an artificial island with a Buddhist temple on a circular island in Jayatataka Baray, which was associated with Preah Khan temple, built during the reign of King Jayavarman VII.: 389  It is the "Mebon" of the Preah Khan baray (the "Jayatataka" of the inscription).

Some historians believe that Neak Pean represents Anavatapta,: 174  a mythical lake in the Himalayas whose waters are thought to cure all illness.: 124–125  The name is derived from the sculptures of snakes (Nāga) running around the base of the temple structure, neak being the Khmer rendering of the Sanskrit naga. "They are Nanda and Upananda, two nagas traditionally associated with Lake Anavatapta."

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