Thursday, April 4, 2013

Po Ngar Cham Towers

The Po Nagar Tower is the name of the main temple in a complex of Cham towers on a knoll at the river-mouth of the Cai River, 2km north of Nha Trang city. This holy place remains revered by locals, and an interesting look back into a time of the Cham people.

Hindu Philosophy believes that the world is the manifestation of God. A building like a temple is not just the house of the deity but it is the body of the deity. Hence the brick work and design of these towers are synonymous to other archeological Hindu religious structures.

The pediment above the entrance to the temple depicts the four-armed goddess, Durga, holding a hatchet, a lotus and a club, and standing on a buffalo.

The Po Nagar complex is situated on Cù Lao Mountain. We climbed the stairs, and at the top the outlook over the Cai River was spectacular.

Lots of relics up here for sale as well. I liked this carving of the water buffalo, but what am I going to do with a water buffalo?

I was beautiful up here.

It's rare for Kien to hang out with my dad somewhere other than the restaurant back home, so it's good to them interacting and enjoying each others company.

Birds in cages - everywhere you go you will find a bird in a cage, and only ever one bird per cage.

I love how colourful the river looks with all the boats and markets down there.


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