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Preah Khan

Preah KhanIn 1191 AD, ten years after his ascension to the throne, Jayavarman VII dedicated the temple of Preah Khan to his father Dharanindravarman, who is represented in the central sanctuary by Lokesvara, the savior god of Mahayana Buddhism who was much worshipped during Jayavarman VII's reign.

Preah Khan is one of the few monuments to have kept its original name. The founding stele is written entirely in Sanskrit with the name of the temple expressed as Jayacri.

During the Middle Period, a stupa was erected in place of Lokesvara in the central sanctuary. This had the advantage of symbolising Buddhism in all its forms.

The name Jayacri or Preah Khan means "sacred sword" which was at the same time the coronation name of its royal constructor.

More than a single temple, the monument was in its time a real city with a whole population divided according to their functions. The temple was also a site of Buddhist studies with its retinue of spiritual masters and their disciples.