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The person below the main relief is considered a man lying in the water. It is conjectured that he is Shyavana, a sage meditating in a holy river.

What is the story about him? Where is the story told? Which persons are on top of the relief?

Note. Beng Mealea translated from Khmer language means "lotos pond".

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An answer explaining the carving and the story depicted in it would be very nice.

  • I think they refer to the Rshi known as Chyavana: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chyavana – user1952500 Jan 13 at 9:29
  • @user1952500 Are you sure? Because I do not find in his myth any episode where he is in the water. The relief shows water, neither an ant-hill nor a hole in the earth. – Jo Wehler Jan 13 at 10:12
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    There is a story in mahabharata where its mentioned that Rishi Chavana did tapas under water for 12 years , only if we know for sure this man is chavana. – SwiftPushkar Jan 28 at 5:23
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    @JoWehler Its in Anushasana parva - "O Chief of Bharata's race, the great Rishi Chyavana of Bhrigu's race, always observant of high vows, became desirous of leading for some time the mode of life called Udavasa and set himself to commence it. Casting off pride and wrath and joy and grief, the ascetic, pledging himself to observe that vow, set himself to live for twelve years according to the rules of Udavasa. The Rishi inspired all creatures with a happy trust. And he inspired similar confidence in all creatures living in water."sacred-texts.com/hin/m13/m13b015.htm – SwiftPushkar Jan 28 at 7:09
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    @JoWehler उदवास m. udavAsa - residence in water - spokensanskrit.org/… I have also checked Hindi translation , its correct , he was living under water of ganga and yamuna. :-) – SwiftPushkar Jan 28 at 7:10

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