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