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Bust (sculpture) of Jayavarman VII, Guimet Museum
|Birthplace||Angkor, Khmer Empire|
|Died||1218 (aged 95–96)|
|Place of death||Yaśodharapura, Khmer Empire|
|Predecessor||Tribhuvanadityavarman (prior to the Cham Invasion)|
Queen Consorts of Pho Khun Pha Mueang
|Religious beliefs||Mahayana Buddhism|
Jayavarman VII, posthumous name of Mahaparamasaugata (Khmer: ជ័យវរ្ម័នទី៧, c. 1122–1218), was king of the Khmer Empire. He was the son of King Dharanindravarman II (r. 1150–1160) and Queen Sri Jayarajacudamani. He married Princess Jayarajadevi and then, after her death, married her sister Indradevi. The two women are commonly thought to have been a great inspiration to him, particularly in his unusual devotion to Buddhism, as only one prior Khmer king was a Buddhist. He then built the Bayon as a monument to Buddhism. Jayavarman VII is generally considered the most powerful of the Khmer monarchs by historians.
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