This you cannot easily find in books but one that you can discover when you hire a guide when you visit Borobudur Temple.
First, here's what you need to know.
1. We stayed at Edu Hostel in downtown Yogyakarta.
We finished breakfast as quickly as possible and headed to the entrance of the temple. Like in Prambanan Temple, foreign tourists are charged a different premium so there is also a separate entrance for them.
Entrance Fee at Borobudur: 220,000 Rupiah
forgot how much exactly but it was roughly 300Php if converted so tag 100 Php lang kami ^^.
--Borobudur is a 9th-centuryMahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang Central Java.
--Built in the 9th century during Sailendra Dynasty.
--Designed in Javanese Buddhist architecture which blends the Indonesian indigenous cult of ancestor worship and the Buddhist concept of attaining Nirvana.
--The temple also demonstrates the influences of Gupta art that reflects India's influence on the region.
To cut the story short, that was the signal of her pregnancy to Siddharta Gautama better known as Buddha. I think I heard of this story somewhere in the past but I wasn't paying attention. What strikes me is the resemblance to the Virgin Marry ( Catholicism) and the conception and birth of Jesus Christ.
the most important relief in Borobudur
Higher terraces are of circular shape on which statues of Buddha sit inside perforated bell shaped stupas.
There are 504 Buddha statues all in all in sitting position facing outward to nature demonstrating a range of hand positions. There are four hand positions for Buddha during meditation and you can find all of them here in Borobudor depending on what direction your are at. That said, all Buddhas facing the same direction have similar hand positions each.
We got to see Borobudor in another perspective and literally in other angles. Without our guide, we would have followed where most people go and would have just wandered around aimlessly.
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