WPC – Shine Through A Stupa


A man does the rite of circumambulating at Borobudur

A man did a rite of circumambulating on early morning at Borobudur

One early morning in Borobudur temple…

Sunrise, although it’s cloudy, was over and I got the different angle of morning photos in Borobudur. While the others raced to take sunrise photos in Borobudur, I just captured a Buddha statue, which is facing East as a silhouette in the foreground.

Then I was wandering around on the first level of Arupadhatu, -one of the three symbols of realms in Buddhist cosmology, which is representing the head of the Buddha-. I could not go up higher to the stupas circular level because at the time I visited the three top levels of Borobudur were restricted from the visitors. Those levels were being cleansed and maintained from the volcanic ashes of Mt. Merapi. At least I knew the dangerous impact of the ashes to world’s monument so I stayed on the allowed levels, but two irresponsible men with DSLR and great lenses opted to win their ego to have better sunrise photo from the restricted area!

But forget about the careless men…

I was waiting for a momentum I saw on a photo. The moment when the sun shines through a hole of the stupa.

While waiting, I saw a man did the rite to circumambulate with hands in front of the chest. It’s a common practice to circumambulate the big main stupa on the top level of Borobudur, but since it was restricted at that time, he did it on the allowed level. It would take longer time to make a round, but he did it sincerely. I did not know whether he is a Buddhist or not but he is one the people who are keen to keep the world monument in tact for generations.

And I finally got the sunshine through the stupa with the man who was circumambulating in frame.

Buddha Statue facing East

Buddha Statue facing East

In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Shine

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12 pemikiran pada “WPC – Shine Through A Stupa

  1. Suka deh dengan gambar-gambarnya Mbak Riyanti, soalnya selalu kaya makna dan kaya cerita. Bahkan si bapak yang mungkin umat Buddha lebih menghargai bagaimana menjaga monumen suci itu. Yah semoga dosa orang-orang yang tidak bertanggung jawab itu dimaafkan, amin. Kapan-kapan boleh kali ya putar-putar pradaksina di candi ini… lumayan buat bisa lihat-lihat dengan lengkap mahakarya bangsa Indonesia ini di masa lalu. Oke ayo pesan tiket ke Yogya (bicara pada diri sendiri, haha).

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    • Hehehe terima kasih ya, Gara. *gedekepaladeh
      Entah kenapa di Borobudur saya melihat orang2 yang melakukan pradaksina dalam beberapa kesempatan kesana. Paling satu dua orang, engga kayak di Bouddhanath di Nepal… wuiih penuh.
      Saya juga mau lho pesan tiket ke jogja… *ngapaincoba? 😀

      Suka

      • Sepertinya saya mesti ke Borobudur lagi nih, hehe… kalau di Nepal mungkin lantaran lebih dominan sebagai tempat ibadah ya Mbak, sementara di sini lebih dominan sebagai tempat wisata…

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