View of Bakong with its singular shikara on top of the step-pyramid. There used to be a Shiva linga enshrined in this shikara. This lingam embodied the supreme ruler of Angkor and was called the Deva-raja. The actual monarch was only an earthly representative of the Deva-raja, ruling the kingdom the name of the divine god. This concept is still followed in many parts of India, and has been practiced since ancient times. For example, in Udaipur, the Mewar royals ruled as Maharanas, not Maharajas, because they considered the god Eklingji as the actual ruler, and the maharana was only an enforcer.