Intricate architecture of Borobudur

This post response to Weekly Photo Challenge: Intricate

Borobudur is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms. It’s decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues.

A main dome, located at the center of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues each of which is seated inside a perforated stupa. It is the world’s largest Buddhist temple, as well as one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world.

Built in the 9th century during the reign of the Sailendra Dynasty, the temple was designed in Javanese Buddhist architecture, which blends the Indonesian indigenous cult of ancestor worship and the Buddhist concept of attaining Nirvana. The monument is both a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage.

The journey for pilgrims begins at the base of the monument and follows a path around the monument and ascends to the top through three levels symbolic of Buddhist cosmology: Kamadhatu (the world of desire), Rupadhatu (the world of forms) and Arupadhatu (the world of formlessness). The monument guides pilgrims through an extensive system of stairways and corridors with 1,460 narrative relief panels on the walls and the balustrades. Borobudur has the largest and most complete ensemble of Buddhist reliefs in the world.

Borobudur has since been preserved through several restorations. The largest restoration project was undertaken between 1975 and 1982 by the Indonesian government and UNESCO, following which the monument was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Borobudur is still used for pilgrimage; once a year, Buddhists in Indonesia celebrate Vesak at the monument, and Borobudur is Indonesia’s single most visited tourist attraction.

Borobudur is approximately 40 kilometres northwest of Jogjakarta. It’s located in an elevated area between two twin volcanoes, Sundoro-Sumbing and Merbabu-Merapi; and two rivers, the Progo and the Elo.

Have a wonderful weekend…. !!!

Motion of Tirta Empul Temple

Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion. Capturing motion is a beautiful way to convey a story in a photograph.
Here’s my “motion” photograph. It’s taken at Tirta Empul Temple, Bali Island.

The pond of Tirta Empul Temple
The pond of Tirta Empul Temple, Bali.

Tirta Empul Temple is a Hindu temple near the town of Tampaksiring, Bali Island, famous for its holy water where Hindu Bali people go for purification.

The temple pond has spring which gives out fresh water regularly, which is considered as holy or amritha by local Hindu Bali people. Tirta Empul means Holy Spring in Balinese.

Tirta Empul Temple was built in 962 A.D. during the Warmadewa dynasty (from the 10th to 14th centuries), at a site where there was a large water spring. The name of the temple are taken from the ground water source which is named “Tirta Empul”.

The temple is divided into three section Jaba Pura (front yard), Jaba Tengah (central yard) dan Jeroan (inner yard). In Jaba Tengah there are 2 pool with 30 showers which is named accordingly: Pengelukatan, Pebersihan, Sudamala dan Pancuran Cetik (poison).

The temple is dedicated to Vishnu, a Hindu god. The bubbling water of is the main source of Sungai Pakerisan river.

On the left side of the temple is a modern villa on the hill. It’s an Indonesian President palace which has been found by the first president.

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