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Thai Temple (Wat) Art '' The Makara ''


Makara Temple Icon Chiang Mai


  • The Makara is another Hindu monster which in Thailand comes from Khmer symbolism. Again this iconic monster can be seen on all ancient Khmer monuments in Northeast Thailand and Angkor in Cambodia.
  • The Makara is also to be found in ancient India and Sri Lanka.
  • The Makara is a mixture of known animals including having claws, a crocodile's body, the nose of an elephant, scales and a large jaw which is always portrayed devouring the Naga (or disgorging it) on the entrance balustrades lining the entrances on the steps to temple buildings.



Makara at Buddhist Borobudur Temple Java Indonesia