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Prasat Phanom Rung is one of the most beautiful and important Khmer historic sites in Thailand. It was built by a local Khmer lord, Narendraditya, during the 12th century A.D., when Suryavarman II ruled in Angkor. It is set on top of an extinct vulcano in Tambon Ta Pek, Chaloem Phra Khiat District, Buri Ram Province, southern Isan.

(the following info is from http://www.sundial.thai-isan-lao.com/phanom_rung.html)
Shiva Nataraya is the term for the dancing Shiva. It was believed that the dancing of Shiva symbolized both the creation and destruction of the universe. If he danced in a balanced manner, there would be peace and happiness in the world, but if he danced furiously in anger, the world would meet with disasters to the point of complete destruction. It was necessary for people to worship, praise, plead and make sacrifices to his satisfaction, so that he would bestow blessing and happiness.
The Shiva Nataraya at Prasat Phanom Rung carved on the pediment in front of the mandapa (front porch) is the scene of the dance on Mount Kailasa. Shiva with ten arms wearing a crown is dancing on a throne. Although the section with the deities is damaged, Ganesha, Brahma and Vishnu are visible.

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