Phnom Chiso Temple is a historical site located on Chiso Mountain which is 130 meters high in Sla village, Roveang commune, Samrong district, Takeo province. Traveling from Phnom Penh by nation road number 2, passing Tonle Bati, Phnom Tamao, and Neang Khmao temple. It’s about 60 km from Phnom Penh and 27 km north of Takeo provincial.
Phnom Chiso temple has another name called Surya Paravata (the mountain of the Sun). It was built in early 11th century by three kings who worship Brahmanism. King Suryavarman I (AD 1002-1050) was the first king to build this temple. After his death, King Udeyaticvarman II continued the construction and King Suryavarman II was the last to finish Phnom Chiso temple.
Ganesh is an Hindu God, who has been represented by the head of an elephant with human body in Khmer and India art. Commonly, in Khmer art Ganesh always appeared with 2 hands and some are 4 hands with sitting gesture. Ganesh was a son of Shiva and his wife Uma (Parvati). Ganesh, who is a lovely God in India, also a popular figure to be sculptured in Cambodia though those reliefs are uncommon. In Khmer art, Ganesh always appeared with broken ivory on the right side and none on the left side. When Ganesh appeared with two hands, he holds lotus in the right hand and in the left is a bowl of his favorite sweet meats. Ganesh, who was widely considered as the symbol of good fortune and knowledge, also fame for his great sense of humor.