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Borobudur Temple 11/09/2010

Posted by tunjungnesta in Central Java.
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The Borobudur Temple is on of the greatest monument in the world. It is on uncertain age, but thought to have been built between the end of the seventh and begining of the eighth century A.D. For about century an a half it was the spiritual center of Buddhist in java, then it was lost until its redicovered again in the eighteenth century.

Borobudur Temple

The sructure, compesed of 55,000 square meter of lava rock is erected on a hill in the form of stepped-pyramid of six rectangular storeys, three cirular terraces and a central stupa forming the summit. The whole structure is in the form of a lotus, the sacred flower of Buddha.

Just like Lotus Flower

Besides being the highest symbol of Buddhism, the Borobudur stupa is also a replica of the universe. It symbolises the micro-cosmos, wich is devided in to three levels, in wich man’s world of desire is influence by negatife influence by negative influence and uses his positive impulses; the highest level, in wich the world of man is no longer bounded by physical and worldly ancient desire.

It is devotional practice to circumambulate around the galleries and terrace always tunning to the left and keeping the eddifice to the right while either chanting or meditating. In total, Borobudur represent the ten levels of Boddhisattva’s life wich he or she must develop to become a Buddha or an awakening one.

The Reason you should visit Boroudur Temple :

  1. more than two million blocks of river or mountain stone carried by hand from Progo River to the building site
  2. Boroudur houses an amazing 1,460 individual narative reliefs and 1,212 decorative ones, all ornately and intricately carved
  3. constructed on a hill about 46 meters high, Borobudur has about 55,000 m3
  4. the whole structure of Borobudur is in the form of lotus, the sacred flower of Buddha
  5. one of the World’s Seven Wonder

One of the Stupa

The Location

Approximately 40 kilometers (25 mi) northwest of Yogyakarta, Borobudur is located in an elevated area between two twin volcanoes, Sindoro-Sumbing and Merbabu-Merapi, and two rivers, the Progo and the Elo. According to local myth, the area known as Kedu Plain is a Javanese ‘sacred place’ and has been dubbed ‘the garden of Java’ due to its high agricultural fertility.

The Relief

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