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Bodhisattva Lodesvara

Bodhisattva Lodesvara
In Khmer Buddhist arts, Bodhisattva Lodesvara is commonly depicted in a single standing or sitting posture or in a triad form with the Buddha and Prajnaparamita. From rare evidence n the inscription at Bat Chum Temple (953 AD), some names of Mahayanist deities in the Tantric cult (Buddha Trailokyavijaya, Vajrapani and Prajnaparimita) are mentioned. Vitorio Reveda also interpreted some text in the stele of Srei Santhor (K.111, 975-980 AD) that the Bodhisattva associated with Prajnaparimita is probably Lokesvara. Significantly, the iconography of Lokesvara is seen in both the Pre-Angkorian period (7th century) and the Angkorian period (11th to early 13th century, Baphoun, Angkor Wat and Bayon style). Especially, at the end of the 12th century, Lokesvara is revered as the main element of Mahayana Buddhism.