What: Spring Equinox Observance
Where: Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
When: Spring Equinox Time: Sunrise
About: Observe the breathtaking alignment of the Spring Equinox sunrise at Angkor Wat (or “City of Temples”) one of the largest temples in the world spanning over 400 acres.
Below is an account from the author of Angkor Wat: Time, Space and Kingship, Eleanor Mannikka describing her experience of the alignment and what you may expect to see:
On the morning of the vernal equinox day (roughly March 21st each year), once we have passed through the main western entrances and stand facing the interior grounds of the temple, we encounter a spectacular solar alignment . At 6:35 a.m., the sun can be seen rising dead-center over the top of the central tower of the temple – about 500 m. away – when observed from the top of the first northern staircase of the western causeway. Three days later, the sun can be seen rising over the central tower for the second and last time, from the center of the western causeway at a point just a few meters south of the first observation position…
A stone mural of “The churning of the Milky Ocean” depicting the Asuras and the Devas in a tug of war, can also be seen at Angkor Wat and is associated with the Spring Equinox and its timeless message of spirituality rooted in ancient Hinduism.
Admission Fees: You must purchase a $20.00 admission pass to visit the temples and sites in the Angkor Archaeological Park. These can be purchased at the main entrance on the road to Angkor Wat.
A Note About Visiting Ancient Sites:
Please be mindful and respectful of the ancient sites. Treat them with care as to not disturb them, damage them or remove anything from them. Help protect these incredible sites so that they can continue to stand the test of time.
Please note: this event is not run by The Spiritual Sun. Please contact the offices of the site directly or visit their website if you would like more details about this event.