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Wat's in a name

For those curious about the meanings of the names of Angkor temples,and other sites  here is a brief explanation for the most popular names. you may come across.
  • Angkor: is a Khmer term meaning "city." It comes from the Sanskrit nagara.
  • Angkor Wat: means "temple city."and is sometimes referred to as ''Angkor Vatt''
  • Apsaras: were the celestial dancers born out of the "Churning of the Ocean Of Milk" (see Angkor Wat)
  • Banteay: is a Khmer term meaning "citadel" or "fortress," which is also applied to walled temples.
  • Banteay Kdei: means Citadel of the Cells, Kdei refers to the monks' cells in the temple.
  • Banteay Srey: means "citadel of women."  Srey or Srei: originally meant wealth in Sanskrit.  The  modern Khmer term "Srei" means "woman." Both terms are regularly used and mean the same.
  • Baray: means "reservoir."
  • Bayon: the meaning is  is unclear, but a plausible translation is Leading Sacred Amulet.
  • Beng: as in Beng Mealea  refers to the a  tree of the same name or Boeng as in Pool or Lake .
  • Chhmar: as in Banteay Chhmar, means cat.
  • Damrei: is the Khmer word for elephant as at Prasat Damrei in Koh Ker.
  • Esvara or Isvara: is a suffix referring to the god Shiva.
  • Gopura: is a Sanskrit term meaning "entrance pavilion" or "gateway."
  • Garuda: is a mythical half man half eagle.
  • Jaya: is a prefix meaning "victory."
  • Kbal Spean: refers to the natural rock bridge which the Siem Reap River flows under in Kulen Mountan
  • Khleang: The Khmer term means storehouse.
  • Kompong or Kampong: this means harbour; but also applies to towns on rivers as in Kompong Khleang, Harbour of the storehouses.
  • Linga: Hindu Phallic Symbol
  • Nagara Jayashri: the Sanskrit original name means City (Nagara) of the Victor (Jaya).
  • Nandi: the Sacred Bull; often depicted being ridden by Hindu God Shiva.
  • Phnom: is a Khmer term meaning "mountain."
  • Prasat: is a Khmer term meaning "tower." It comes from the Sanskrit word "prasada.
  • Prasat Bei: near the south gate of Angkor Thom means Three Towers.
  • Preah: is a Khmer term meaning "sacred" or "holy."
  • Preah Khan: means "sacred sword."and refers to the sacred sword used only by the king.
  • Pre Rup: translates as the turning of the body to ash.  Pre Rup is considered to be a funeral temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.
  • Rajavihara: is the Sanscrit term for  Royal Monastery.
  • Spean: means Bridge as in Kbal Spean.
  • Suryavarman: means "Protected by Surya, the sun-god."
  • Ta: is a Khmer term meaning "ancestor" or "grandfather." it is the modern term for ''old''
  • Ta Prohm: means "Ancestor Brahma." Neak Ta means "ancestors" or "ancestral spirits."
  • Thma: means stone as in "Spean Thma" The Old Stone Bridge
  • Thmei; as in Wat Thmei means new
  • Thom: is a Khmer term meaning "big." (Angkor Thom means "big city.")
  • Varman: is a suffix meaning "shield" or "protector."
  • Yama: he is the God of death as seen on the "Leper King Terrace" .
  • Yoni: he representation of the female sex organ always with the Linga or Male Organ.
  • Wat: is a Khmer term, derived from the Sanskrit "vattaram", meaning Buddhist) "temple".