Hey guys, today we are going to look at a very strange place called Baksei Chamkrong in the Angkor Wat Complex in Cambodia. This is a very strange site because this is the only stepped pyramid in this temple complex. As you can see this is desolated, this is not a popular site but this is a perfect stepped pyramid and is one of the oldest construction sites in Cambodia. In fact there are inscriptions which actually take this back much much earlier in time.
Who built this and why? Archeologists and historians claim that this was built by a king called Rajendravarman and he spoke Tamil and Sanskrit. But there are inscriptions where he takes the entire Khmer dynasty to mythical times, more than many thousand years ago.
This is a very interesting pyramid, and to understand it fully, we need to look at the aerial view. When we look at the drone footage, it is obvious that it was built with a specific pattern in mind. A specific frequency pattern. Remember, frequencies create patterns which can be understood visually. This is precisely what the ancient builders have done here, otherwise such a design is not necessary. In the center, there is a circle, and this a small square around it, and a bigger square around the smaller square, and 2 more squares bigger and bigger around them. Also the staircase on all four sides, makes it look like a 4 bladed fan or a turbine or a windmill or something like that, which can generate energy. I mean look at it, this is not a coincidence, that it is looking like this. It was designed specifically to look like this from the top, as though someone would be watching for these patterns from the sky.
It is amazing to see a stepped pyramid in this Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia. Why was this stepped pyramid built here, there are no other stepped pyramids in this complex. And why is it so similar to the stepped pyramid in Mesoamerica. Is there a connection or, is this a mere coincidence? Now, I have already shown you another stepped pyramid in Sri Lanka called Sathmahal Prasada. That pyramid also looks very similar to this. Were all these different stepped pyramids in various places built by completely separate civilizations? Or were they all built by the same ancient builders? Let’s go up and find out more information.
The pyramid is about 42 feet tall about 89 feet across the base. The pyramid is made of rocks, but the dome at the top is made of bricks. Now, what is the meaning of Baksei Chamkrong? Baksei Chamkrong literally mean means ‘A bird who protected under its wings’. It is said that a bird protected the God King under its wings and the temple is dedicated to this incident. The word ‘Baksei’ actually comes from Sanskrit word Pakshi which means bird.
Okay guys, as you can see, I have come up and I can’t wait to see what is inside the main chamber. Let’s go take a look. It is a reclining Buddha and has these beautiful inscriptions and everything and I am going to check them out but I gotta remove my shoes first. So, and then, after we, after I remove my shoes, then we can examine what’s in the chamber, okay?
Okay guys, now I am ready, I am going to go inside, and take a look at this beautiful Buddha and see what’s the history behind this. This is an amazing Buddha, once upon a time, it must have been freshly painted, I can see this green paint on it. Look at the lips of this Buddha. It is amazing. I am not sure how old this is, but you can tell. People still come up and pray to this Buddha. This infrastructure is (made of )brick. Look at the top, this is fantastic stuff. This is amazing, I cannot believe how beautiful this looks, like a hollow pyramid. Long hollow pyramid, with a hole up top. It is an amazing view.
This architecture is not easy, normally people would place beams in between, for support, but this dome is completely hollow. Why did they not put these supporting structures in between? because they wanted humans to see this pattern from the ground. A very intriguing pattern, similar to the aerial view. A circle in the center but around it, there are concentric squares, multiple squares, like a weird cymatics pattern. It is beyond our current intelligence to understand this. It was created so the humans could see above, and see this frequency pattern, while the Gods would see below and see a similar pattern.
Wow, what do we have here? I know this is a Buddhist temple now, but you see what this is? This is a Yoni, which once consisted of 2 lingams. Remember I have shown you various types of lingams in Cambodia, this is a Yoni. A rectangular base with the spout like a water spout. Whenever they pour water or milk on top of the lingam, it comes out like this. And these holes, are for placing the lingams. So, it appears as though, this was originally a Shiva temple, possibly consisting of this lingam. And later on, when Cambodians became Buddhists, they placed this new Buddha statue. So it is very interesting to see how once upon a time this was built as a Hindu temple, possibly dedicated to Shiva. Or maybe even there was a main statue of Vishnu here, because we see a combination of Shiva, Vishnu and even Brahma in many Cambodian sites. And then later on, you know, people became Buddhists, and then they placed a new statue here.
In addition to the lingam, scholars say that originally, there was a large golden statue of Shiva, some say this a dancing Shiva, some locals think it is a golden lingam. That would have been a fascinating sight to watch.
Now let’s see what else we can find. Look. Writings in Sanskrit. On both sides of the doorway, we can see writings in ancient Sanskrit. It is very interesting, so this will give us, some key points in understanding the history of this ancient temple.
So we have seen one doorway, but I wanna go check out the rest of the sides, to see if they have more doorways. Here.. Very interesting to see. This is a doorway, and this is a door, made of solid rock. I don’t know why this was carved. Solid rock door. It doesn’t look like a window actually, it looks like a door, but you cannot get through this. Cambodia is full of mysteries like this. But let’s go see the back side. We are on top of the pyramid guys, it is amazing to walk on top of this pyramid. Here is the back entrance, you can also get through this way, and again, look. Same thing. Same thing. I don’t know why this is required, look at how beautifully this is carved. This is more than a 1000 years ago, see beautifully ornate this is, imagine how beautiful this must have been 1100 years ago. Very very small micro carvings as well. Let’s see what is on the other side because, I would guess that this side as well, look,
In architecture, we call them blind doors, because they cannot be operated. They are designed to blend with the wall in all finishes, and are a part of the wall. Blind doors in ancient structures of Cambodia mean something special. If you see a blind door, it means there is something important on the other side, in this case, there was a golden statue of Shiva inside, during ancient times.
Even though most of the carvings have been destroyed, we can still see some. Here the dancing figure is almost unrecognizable now, but once upon a time it would have been a marvelous Hindu deity. On the lintel of the doorway, you can see this deity. Do you know who this is? He is Lord Indra, the king of heaven. See how he is shown riding a 3 headed elephant, this elephant is known as Erawan in Cambodia, not by its original name Airavatha.