Thursday, January 12, 2012

Indonesia -- Day 9 Candi Pawon and Candi Mendut


On the way back from Borobudur, Marcelle our local guide, showed us Candi Pawon.  This is another Buddhist temple but smaller.  It is in a direct line from Borobudur.

Candi Pawon.
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 
We arrived at Candi Pawon just as a local village celebration of dedication was ending.

Candi Pawon.
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 
 From Wikipedia:



Pawon (known locally as Candi Pawon) is a Buddhist temple in Central Java, Indonesia. Located between two other Buddhist temples, Borobudur (1.75 km ) to the northeast) and Mendut (1.15 km ) to the southwest), Pawon is connected with the other two temples, all of which were built during the Sailendra dynasty (8th–9th centuries). Examines the detail and style of its carving this temple is slightly older than Borobudur.
The three temples were located on a straight line, suggesting there was a symbolic meaning that binds these temples.


The cutest little girl watching the dancing on the temple.
Candi Pawon.
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 

Candi Pawon.
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 

From Wikipedia:
 The temple slightly faces northwest and stands on a square base. Each sides of the stairs and the top of the gates are adorned with carved Kala-Makara, commonly found in classic Javanese temples. The outer wall of Pawon is carved with reliefs of boddhisattvas and taras. There are also reliefs of kalpataru (tree of life), flanked between Kinnara-Kinnari. The square chamber inside is empty with a square basin in the center of it. Rectangular small windows were found, probably for ventilation.
The roof section of is crowned with five small stupas and four small ratnas. Because of its relative simplicity, symmetry and harmony, the historians dubbed this small temple as "the jewel of Javanese temple architecture", in contrast with tall-slender East Javanese style counterparts as founds in later Singhasari and Majapahit period.

Candi Pawon.
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 

Me and the dance team
Candi Pawon.
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 

After looking at the Candi Pawon temple, we took a look through the village.  It was really quite beautiful. Our first stop was the home of a local elder.


Candi Pawon Village
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 
 These are the walls of the house.  Isn't the weaving fantastic?

Candi Pawon Village
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 
 This is the well.  The basket is tied to a bendable piece of bamboo. The basket is then lowered into the hole to bring up the water.

Candi Pawon Village
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 
 The water is then poured into a hollow bamboo "pipe".

Candi Pawon Village
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 
 The man of the house, next to the Cocao tree.

Candi Pawon Village
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 


Candi Pawon Village
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 
 The kitchen of the house.  You can see it has four cooking "rings".  You can see from the picture above it has a "ring" and then a wok like pan can be added to it.  The fire is added too from end.

Candi Pawon Village
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 

Candi Pawon Village
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 
 Cooking spices and herbs and onion and garlic.

Candi Pawon Village
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 

Candi Pawon Village
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 

Candi Pawon Village
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 

Candi Pawon Village
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 
 Isn't this cabinet gorgeous?

Candi Pawon Village
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 

Candi Pawon Village
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 

Candi Pawon Village
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 

After we left Candi Pawon we moved over to the third temple in the line, Mendut.

Mendut
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 
 From Wikipedia:

Mendut is a ninth century Buddhist temple, located in Mendut village, Mungkid sub-district, Magelang Regency, Central Java, Indonesia. The temple is located about three kilometres east from Borobudur. Mendut, Borobudur and Pawon, all of which are Buddhist temples, are located in one straight line. There is a mutual religious relationship between the three temples, although the exact ritual process is unknown.

The Banyan trees at Mendut
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 

Mendut
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 
Mendut
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 
 From Wikipedia:


Built around early ninth century AD, Mendut is the oldest of the three temples including Pawon and Borobudur. The Karangtengah inscription, the temple was built and finished during the reign of King Indra of Sailendra dynasty. The inscription dated 824 AD mentioned that King Indra of Sailendra has built a sacred building named Venuvana which means "bamboo forest". Dutch archaeologist JG de Casparis has connected the temple mentioned in Karangtengah inscription with Mendut temple.
In 1836 it was discovered as a ruins covered with bushes. The restoration of this temple was started at 1897 and it was finished at 1925.


Mendut
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia


The statue of Dhyani Buddha Vairocana, Avalokitesvara, and Vajrapani inside the Mendut temple
   
Mendut
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 
 The statue of Dhyani Buddha Vairocana, Avalokitesvara, and Vajrapani inside the Mendut temple

the grounds of Mendut
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 

Mendut
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 

Mendut
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 
 From Wikipedia:


The main room housed three beautifully carved large stone statues. The three statues are the Buddhist main divinities revered in Mendut temple which can explain the spiritual purpose of the establishment of this temple. The 3 metres tall statue of Dhyani Buddha Vairocana was meant to liberate the devotees from the bodily karma, at the left is statue of Boddhisatva Avalokitesvara to liberate from the karma of speech, at the right is Boddhisatva Vajrapani to liberate from karma of thought. 
Today, during the full moon in May or June, Buddhists in Indonesia observe Vesak annual ritual by walking from Mendut passing through Pawon and ends at Borobudur


Mendut
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 
Mendut
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 



Mendut
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 

Candi Mendut Complex
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 

Candi Mendut Complex
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 

Candi Mendut Complex
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 

Candi Mendut Complex
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 

Candi Mendut Complex
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 

Candi Mendut Complex
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia 
After leaving the Candi Mendut Complex we headed back into town and to some shopping on Malioboro Street in the shopping district.  On the way our bus was stopped at a traffic light.  When I looked over to my right at the trailer hauling scooters, I saw this:

This worker is asleep on the scooters on a moving truck hauling them

This worker is asleep on the scooters on a moving truck hauling them


Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia
chippy paint on metal of a becak
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

becak
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

becak
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

becak
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Food Cart
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

This was too funny.  I was in the becak going back to the Novotel taking pictures when I saw this:
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Cell store
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

A street side bookstore
Jogjakarta / Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia
Marcelle, our local guide, dropped us off at the local shopping district and the popular Malioboro Street.
I had a great time just enjoying myself and doing some fantastic bargaining. Then it was back to the hotel for a quick shower and change and off to the Ramayana Ballet.

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