Why is Borobudur Temple very special?

Borobudur Temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the world and the most unusual. Borobudur temple complex covers a total surface area of 2,500 m2. There are 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. It is built as a single large Stupa and has the form of a giant tantric Buddhist Mandala when viewed from above. Borobudur temple, hence, represents the Buddhist cosmology and nature of the mind.


The magnificent Borobudur temple is the world’s biggest Buddhist monument, an ancient site widely considered to be one of the world’s seven wonders. Built in the 9th century during the reign of the Syailendra 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. This awe inspiring monument is truly a marvel. After a visit here you will understand why it is Indonesia’s most visited tourist attraction and a famous icon of Indonesia’s cultural heritage.

Located on the Java Island, Indonesia, the temple sits majestically on a hilltop overlooking lush green fields and distant hills. It covers an enormous area, measuring 123 x 123 meters. The monument is a marvel of design, decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The architecture and stonework of this temple has no equal. And it was built without using any kind of cement or mortar! The structure is like a set of massive interlocking Lego blocks held together without any glue.

The temple has remained strong even through ten centuries of neglect. It was rediscovered in 1815, buried under volcanic ash. In the 1970’s the Indonesian Government and UNESCO worked together to restore Borobudur to its former majesty The restoration took eight years to complete and today Borobudur is one of Indonesia and the world’s most valuable treasures.

The temple is decorated with stone carvings in bas-relief representing images from the life of Buddha. Commentators claim that this is the largest and most complete ensemble of Buddhist reliefs in the world, unsurpassed in artistic merit.

This monument is both a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage. The ten levels of the temple symbolize the three divisions of the religion’s cosmic system. As visitors begin their journey at the base of the temple, they make their way to the top of the monument through the three levels of Buddhist cosmology, Kamadhatu (the world of desires), Rupadhatu (the world of forms), and finally Arupadhatu (the formless world). As visitors walk to the top the monument guides the pilgrims past 1,460 narrative relief panels on the wall and the balustrades.

The whole monument itself resembles a giant Stupa, but seen from above it forms a Mandala. The great Stupa at the top of the temple sits 40 meters above the ground. This main dome is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside perforated Stupa.

Historians suggest that the name of Borobudur comes from the Sanskrit "Vihara Buddha Uhr" or the "Buddhist monastery on the hill".

Walk clockwise as you enter Borobudur and you are going to be amazed by the story told by the relief panels. And even if you’re not a Buddhist, your visit to Borobudur is still going to be a worthwhile one because of the amazing sculptures and artworks.

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2 comments :

Natural Beautiful Scenery Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 9:55:00 PM GMT+7  

Borobudur temple is one of the most tourism destinations in Indonesia. I like to come there

Dasril Iteza Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 7:19:00 AM GMT+7  

me too!

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