Angkor Wat: Gods Vs. Asuras Bas-Relief – Multi-headed Asura Riding a Chariot

Molding of a bas-relief of Angkor Wat (1st half of the 12th century) depicting the battle of Lanka with Ravana on his chariot.

Angkor Wat: Gods Vs. Asuras Bas-Relief – Multi-headed Asura Riding a Chariot

Multi-headed Asura Riding a Chariot

Multi-headed Asura Riding a Chariot
The image shows a section of the Gods Vs. Asuras bas-relief depicting a battle scene in which an unidentified asura (demon) commander fighting the gods. This bas-relief is carved on the western section of the north gallery located on the perimeter of the lower level of the Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Molding of a bas-relief of Angkor Wat (1st half of the 12th century) depicting the battle of Lanka with Ravana on his chariot. Made by Louis Delaporte between 1881-1882, now on display

Check the Angkor Wat Temple Layout for the exact location of the Battle between Gods Vs. Asuras bas-relief. Read the Angkor Wat Bas-Reliefs page for a detailed description of this and other bas-reliefs.

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As you can see from the image, the asura has multiple heads and hands and is riding in a multiple-horse driven chariot. Surrounding Vishnu and Garuda are the devas and asuras engaged in hand-to-hand combat. You can still see the original red paint near the asura. The entire gallery at the lower level must have been a dazzling sight with beautifully carved bas-reliefs painted in different colors.

Gods Vs. Asuras Images
– Vishnu Riding Garuda
– Varuna Riding Makara
– Indra riding Airavata
– Kartikeya (Skanda) Riding a Peacock
– Brahma in a Cocoon