Originally dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, the temple was later converted to a Theravada Buddhist complex and numerous idols of Buddha were installed on the premises. Most of these are lost.
Apsaras or 'celestial dancers' adorn the walls of the temple at numerous locations. However, more numerous are the 'devatas' or female custodians of the temple. These are the full figure standing images while the apsaras are shown in smaller scale and in various dancing postures. There are estimated to be a total of around 2000 or more devatas and apsaras at Angkor Wat