- George Moore
The carvings themselves are very intricate, and amazingly have survived the test of time despite their location submerged directly in, or on the banks of the river. Directly on the river bed are a collection of over 1000 lingas arranged in rows, and this gives Kbal Spean its name in Sanskrit, 'River of a Thousand Lingas'.
As well as these lingas, there are a number of bas-reliefs around the rocky walls of the river and some exquisite carvings of deities, in particularly Vishnu many times depicted in a reclining position, along with many other displays of Hindu mythology. Some of the most illustrious of these are a carving of Shiva and Uma mounted on Nandin, with Vishnu nearby represented sleeping on the Sea of Milk with a naga. Brahma is depicted on a lotus bloom, with a bas-relief of a tower complex close to his head. There is a boulder carved into a large frog, and Lakshmi can be seen massaging her husband Brahma's legs in one carving, and in another spot Brahma can be seen relaxing on a lotus bloom in another area of the river on an isloated rock, only 3 of his 4 heads showing this time.
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