Gate of Wat Prasat Burapharam
Near Muang Tam, Thailand
This small, modern temple syncretizes Vishnu and Shiva, in accordance with the Skanda Upanishad. The pediment above the gate depicts Vishnu riding on Garuda but also holding a trident, the proper emblem of Shiva, in his lower left hand. Squirrels appear here and there on the pediment, which is lined at the bottom by a row of adoring figures. The snake clutched by Garuda has one head at each end of its body (near Garuda's feet), and each head disgorges a snake's tail (makara). The snake holds a similar place, in the overall decorative scheme, as the floral garland in earlier temples.