Prasat Ta Prohm Dharmasala

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Prasat Ta Prohm Dharmasala
Native Nameប្រាសាទតាព្រហ្មធម្មសាលា
TypeSmall Prasat, Dharmasala
Part ofPrasat Ta Prohm, Angkor
CommuneNokor Thom
DistrictSiem Reap
ProvinceSiem Reap
Coordinates13.43515, 103.89175
Foundedlate 12th, early 13th Century
BuilderJayavarman VII
Art StyleBayon
DeityBuddha, Lokeshvara
UNESCO Inscription1992
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Site Size & Condition: Small Prasat Prasat Ta Prohm Dharmasala (ប្រាសាទតាព្រហ្មធម្មសាលា - Pronounced: Pra-saht Ta Prohm Dar-ma-sa-la) lies on the north side of the eastern entrance to Prasat Ta Prohm, a short distance before the cruciform entrance terrace. It was perhaps originally part of a pair although only the foundations of a corresponding building on the south side are now visible.

The specific purpose of these buildings - Jayavarman VII is said to have constructed some 120 of them throughout his empire - is still debatable and they are referred to as both 'Fire Temples' - housing the sacred flame (and presumably other ceremonial necessities) or as Dharamsalas - a kind of rest house for pilgrims. In the former case, they could represent an updated version of the earlier Khleang constructions (a kind of temple vestry). Dual-purpose is also a possibility or perhaps certain of them served one function and others the alternative?

The small, rectangular, laterite site at Ta Prohm is in good condition and displays the usual Bayon-style devatas and tapestry reliefs as well as an eroded Lokeshavra(?) pediment and lintel.

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