• Ashutosh Saxena

Mỹ Sơn

Updated: Oct 7, 2020

Constructed by the Kings of Champa, an Indianized kingdom of the Cham people in between 4th-14th century the temple is located in Quảng Nam province of central Vietnam, Mỹ Sơn is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples dedicated to the worship of the God Shiva, known under various local names, the most important of which is Bhadreshvara.

surrounding by two mountain ranges and a roughly two kilometers wide valley Mỹ Sơn temple looks like a wonder of history although, it is partially ruined and damaged it still describes it's history mysteriously.

Mỹ Sơn is being recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site, The temple is regarded as one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and is the foremost heritage site of its nature in Vietnam. The ruined Hindu temples stand stunningly in between the two mountain ranges as a world cultural heritage place Mỹ Sơn is quite popular and famous and includes the history of many centuries within its structure.

Mỹ Sơn is believed to be the site of religious ceremony for kings of the ruling dynasties of Champa, as well as a burial place for Cham royalty and national heroes From 4th-14th century AD. It was closely associated with the nearby Cham cities of Indrapura (Đồng Dương) and Simulacra (Trà Kiệu). It is often said that at one time, the site encompassed over 70 Hindu temples as well as numerous stele (slabs/pillars) bearing historically important inscriptions in Sanskrit and Cham.

Being the longest inhabited archaeological site in Indochina, a large majority of its architecture was destroyed by US bombing during a single week of the Vietnam War, but as often said " Beauty doesn't lie within the structure only but it also lies in the history that it shares" one of the reasons why this ancient Hindu temple is regarded as a world heritage site.

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