By Neil Gaur
Archaeologists have discovered a “lost city” in Cambodia that was a part of the Khmer Empire that existed from the 9th Century AD to the 15th Century. The city of Mahendraparvata, translated to the Mountain of Indra, King of the Gods, was an early Angkor Capital in the Khmer Empire. Utilizing airborne lasers and ground-based surveys, archaeologist uncovered an extended urban network. The city’s massive temples assisted researchers in finding the site.
Angkorian cities were built with perishable materials; therefore, many of the structures have disappeared entirely. However, archaeologists have been able to utilize the contours of the terrain to provide detailed archaeological maps. An extensive network of neighborhoods, agricultural networks, water-management systems and transportation links to other cities have been found.
It will be interesting to see what else is uncovered in the years to come about these ancient people and their culture.
About the Khmer Empire
The Khmer Empire origins date back to 802 CE when King Jayavarnman II declared himself as the King of the World. The Khmer empire came from the Funan Kingdom that began in about 100 AD and then was taken over by the Chenla Empire in about 600 AD. Mahendraparvata was one of the first capitals in the empire. Researchers theorized the city would be where it was discovered; however, the area was inaccessible due to vegetation and potential landmines left by the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970’s.
This site was one of the first engineered landscapes of the Empire and Era. We will hopefully discover insights to the transition from the pre-Angkorian period. The urban planning innovations, hydraulic engineering and sociopolitical structure of Mahendraparvata shaped the empire for the next 500 years.
The spiritual traditions practiced in Mahendraparvata were Hinduism and Mahayana Buddhism that eventually became Theravada Buddhism. The Hindus would predominantly pray to Shiva and Vishnu. The temple in Angkor wat is Vara Vishnuloka which translates to ‘the realm of Vishnu’. The belief was that the reigning King was the reincarnation of Vishnu. The Brahman caste performed Hindu ceremonies and rituals and Buddhism became widely embraced by lower classes after the 13th century.
The greatest legacy of the Khmer Empire was Angkor, which was the capital during the 15th Century. Many have heard of Angkor Wat, which shows the immense power and wealth of the empire; as well as their architecture and culture.
The empire ended in the 15th Century with the fall of Angkor; however, there is evidence that the Khmer culture and empire continued for a while longer until the reign of King Barom, who died in 1576. Japenese historical text state that they began settling along side descendents of the Khmer empire in the 16th century. The last known cultural tradition of the empire was in 1632, when Ukondayu Kazufusa, a Japenese traveler, wrote about celebrating the Khmer New Year in Angkor. In the years following the Japanese and Khmer communities were absorbed into one another and the once great Khmer Empire was no more.
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Neil Gaur is the founder of Portal to Ascension. He has been researching and producing gatherings since 2008. He has spent time and worked with 100's of researchers and presenters globally that has provided him with a full circle perspective of the paradigm shift occurring on the planet. Neil has produced over 1000 events, conferences, tours and retreats intended to provide the world with a stream of consciousness expanding awareness on topics such as UFO Disclosure, Our True Ancient History, Sound & Frequency and The Ascension. He writes and creates presentations on these topics and more.
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