The Lady Temple (more formally known as Banteay Srei) in the Siem Reap province of Cambodia is a 10th-Century Cambodian Temple dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva. Built largely of red sandstone, the temple's intricate design and pristine architecture are what have contributed to the temple being highly regarded as a "precious gem," or "jewel of Khmer art."
Consecrated in 967 A.D. the temple is the only one at Angkor not commissioned under the rule of a monarch. Though much speculation has gone into why the temple had received its more colloquial title, 'The Lady Temple', it has been widely agreed upon that this is most likely due to the many devatas carved into its red sandstone walls.
In the interest of promoting sacred communal knowledge, two libraries can be found at the site, with the northern library presenting depictions of Agni, the Hindu god of fire, alongside Krishna and Arjuna, arguably the two most influential heroes from the Mahabharata; highlighting to the significant impact that Hinduism has had around the world.