Notes on the Geography of Cambodia (Angkor): Kobal Spien and Phnom Kulen: Photo 8
Hard to make out, but emerging during the dry season is a reclining Vishnu, floating on the ocean. His wife Lakshmi sits nearby. A lotus emerges from Vishnu's navel to signify the birth of a new era. It's a common theme, shown elsewhere in Angkor and much farther afield: Brahma should be emerging from the flower to take charge of the emerging world. Vishnu usually reclines on the serpent Ananta.
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