Sunday, July 19, 2009

Prasat Phanom Rung.

Magic moments in Khmer heritage

A splash of sunlight penetrating an ancient temple cloister signals a distinctive celebration at Prasat Phanom Rung.

Knowing the exact time to witness a spectacular sunrise on the door of an ancient Hindu temple is a detailed calculation. The amber of the sun is perfectly aligned in the middle of the main gate of a temple located in an old volcanic mountain in the northeast of Thailand.

In fact, the sun passing directly through 15 perfectly aligned doors of Prasat Phanom Rung, a venerated and ancient Hindu monastery, just four times per year - two sets of dawn in April and September, and two sets of posts Sunday in March and October.

These dramatic events related to solar energy, which also have religious significance in Hindu faithful cover just three days - 2, 3 and 4 April The second day is considered the most favorable that the sun is visible in the middle of the outer door of the Khmer Hindu temple. The sun's rays to illuminate the 15 aligned doors that extend to 75 meters from the courtyard of the temple honored lighting deep lingam in the main sanctuary. In the other two days, the sun passes from one corner of the doors.

Located 120 kilometers east of Nakhon Ratchasima, the gateway to the northeastern region, Prasat Phanom rung setting high above the surrounding area. A series of steps leading to this ancient monument at the top of a extinct volcano with panoramic views of rice fields and misty mountains on the border with Cambodia.

This spectacular event which took place inside the temple complex, congratulations activities of the day beginning with sunrise ceremonies, followed by colorful events during the day. The afternoon is almost a spirit of carnival, as visitors enjoy the local food sold in stalls, traditional music and dance, and craft shows. Many visitors are tempted to continue to focus on the sanctuary, or slumber in the night under the stars to ensure that they are a great place to participate in ceremonies at sunrise the next morning.

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