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Lolei Temple

Lolei (Khmer: ប្រាសាទលលៃ) is the northernmost temple of the Roluos group of three Hindu temples from the late 9th century in Angkor, Cambodia, whose other members are Preah Ko and Bakong. Lolei was the last of the three temples to be built as part of the city of Hariharalaya which once flourished in Roluos, and in 893 the king xerão Yasovarman I dedicate to Shiva and the members of the royal family.

Lolei (Khmer: ប្រាសាទលលៃ) is the northernmost temple of the Roluos group of three Hindu temples from the late 9th century in Angkor, Cambodia, whose other members are Preah Ko and Bakong. Lolei was the last of the three temples to be built as part of the city of Hariharalaya which once flourished in Roluos, and in 893 the king xerão Yasovarman I dedicate to Shiva and the members of the royal family. The name "Lolei" is thought to be a modern corruption of the old name "Hariharalaya" [1]: 98,112 which means "the city of Hariara". Once an island temple, Lolei was located on an island slightly north of the center, in the now-dried Indratataka deck, [2]: 60 buildings that had been completed under the father of Yasovarman and predecessor Indravarman I. Scholars believe which placed the temple in an island in the middle of a body of water served to symbolically identify it with Mount Meru, home of the gods, which in Hindu mythology is surrounded by the world's oceans.

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This sandstone carved in Lolei shows a fanged dvarapala armed with a trident standing in an arched doorway. At the level of the elbows, two makara heads are facing outwards.

Lolei is composed of four tower towers grouped on a terrace. The king builds Lolei for his ancestors. One for the grandfather, one for the grandmother, one for the father and one for the mother. The front two towers are for the males, while the two towers on the back are for the females. The two tallest towers are for their grandparents, while the two shorter towers are for their parents. Originally, the towers were closed by an external wall access through which it was through a gopura, but neither wall nor gopura survived the present. Today, the temple is next to a monastery, just as in the 9th century it was next to an ashrama.

The temple towers are known for their decorative elements, including their false doors, their carved lintels and their carved devatas and dvarapalas that flank real and false doors. Some of the motifs represented in the lintels and other sandstone sculptures are the sky god Indra, mounted on the Airavata elephant, serpent monsters such as makaras and multiple-headed nagas.

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