Natural Weave (by jamescharlick)
It is somewhat surprising that there is little information about Beng Melea since, despite it’s distance from other temple complexes, it is one of the largest temples of the ancient Khmer Empire. The name Beng Melea means Lotus Pond.
Now in an unrestored state of ruin, it was built as a Hindu temple, but as with many of these temples there are some carvings depicting Buddhist motifs added at a later date, indicating the temple was converted from one religion to the other.
There is extensive carving of scenes from Hindu mythology, including the Churning of the Sea of Milk and Vishnu being borne by the bird god Garuda. Causeways have long balustrades formed by bodies of the seven-headed Naga serpent.