Early Morning at Borobudur Temple

          We left our hotel in Yogyakarta City at 5:00am hoping to catch the sunrise in Borobudur Temple.  But sunrise came too early that day and we saw the faint rays of the rising sun while still on the road!  We still made it, though, along with thousands of other tourists and locals!  It was like everyone thought of visiting Borobudur on the same day that we were there.  We literally  elbowed our way inside the huge UNESCO heritage site.

          At the strike of 6:00am, everyone rushed to ascend the ancient temple.  It was like a race to the top!  You can just stand there and the mad rush of people will carry you to the top of the temple. No kidding.

          Borobudur, or Barabudur, is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist monument in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is 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 seated inside a perforated stupa.

          Built in the 9th century during the reign of the Sailendra Dynasty, the temple’s design in Gupta architecture reflects India’s influence on the region, yet there are enough indigenous scenes and elements incorporated to make Borobudur uniquely Indonesian. 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: Kāmadhātu (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. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

 

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