Carvings on Banteay Srei, a Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. It is located in Angkor, Cambodia, and dates to 967 A.D.

Portrayed on this carving is the burning of Khandava forest, an ancient forest mentioned in the epic Mahabharata.

…god Agni approached them in the form of a Brahmin and requested them to help him in burning down the Khandava forest. The god had of course got indigestion as a result of consuming too many sacrificial offerings at a great sacrifice and Brahman had told him, he must burn down the Khandava forest, to regain his health. However often he might try to burn the forest, the animals of the forest put out the fire again and again…

Segment from A History of Indian Literature, Volume 1, page 321.

Photos courtesy & taken by fmpgoh.

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