Borobudur is one of Mahayana Buddhist Temple from Silendra Dynasty. It’s one of the biggest historical place which was built a very long time ago. It was one of my country’s heritage that is unknown how people from that era built it. Something that we can’t rebuilt is really make us wonder and amaze.
This place is the place for people to get away from our own desire to get us to an enlightenment. This place was found by English Regiment in 1814 under Sir Thomas Standford Raffles command.
There are few zones inside it:
Zone 1 called Kamadhatu. It contain of 160 relief which explain the Karmawibhangga Sutra, which is a cause and result law, it describe the bad nature of human, such as stealing, killing, rape, torture, and lies.
Zone 2 called Rupadhatu. It contain stone arts and buddha statue. In overall, there are 328 Buddha statues which also has its own craft. Due to Sanskrit manuscript, the this place has 1300 craft which are Gandhawyuha, Lalitawistara, Jataka, and Awadana. All lies along 2.5 km.
Zone 3 : Arupadhatu. It has three kind of curtain all focusing to the center or stupa which describing the awakening from the flesh world. There is no ornament or crafts in this part, which is kind of explaining that this place is at it’s highest purity. It has 72 stupa in overall, in the center of it, there’s an empty stupa which different from other stupa. Some says, it’s already empty at very beginning and did not function for anything.
In overall, there are 504 Buddha statues with a meditation position and other six different hand position alongside the Candi.
In 20th century restoration time, it was found two more Candi near Borobudur, which is Candi Pawon (1.1 km from Borobudur) and Candi Mendut (3km from Borobudur).
Even though, there is still unknown ritual and connection between the last mentioned Candis with Borobudur, those Candis including Borobudur has shaped the Waisak’s Festival which is held every year on full-moon, in April or May.
This Festival is the point to the signs Buddha Gautama’s birth and dead, also the enlightenment he has received.
I was wondering what will people from that era think when they see our buildings creation these days? Maybe we will always wonder and amaze to each other’s creation. Maybe we never stop and try to think how wonderful these architectural design are?
I would appreciate your opinion about this matter, so that we can learn from each other better to live this life abundantly!