A Short Story About The Pagoda of Avalokitesvara

Semarang is the capital city of the Central Java province. About 17 kilometers to south of the city, there is a building such a tower but unique. The building is the Pagoda of Avalokitesvara, which located within the complex of Buddhagaya monastery. The building is quite interesting to visit, though with maintaining decorum because this place is a Buddhist place of worship.

The monastery complex was said to be the first Buddhist temple in Indonesia, since the collapse of Majapahit kingdom. It was built in 1957, which later was abandoned for several years. Until around 2006 was rebuilt on the initiative of the Sangha Theravada Indonesia, become a large and magnificent temple.

Some beautiful ornaments carved into the stone.

The Pagoda of Avalokitesvara is a 7 levels building, around 45 metres height. This is the highest pagoda in Indonesia. The seven levels mean that the hermit will get the purity at the seventh level. In the second to the sixth level of the building, there are statues of kwan Im which is towards to the four corners of the compass. Kwan Im is the goddess of mercy, who adored in this temple. In the seventh level, there is an Amitaba statue, who believed as the great god of gods and human. At the top of pagoda, there are Buddha’s pearls inside the “stupa.”

Kwan Im statues in the second to the sixth level of the building.

In front of the pagoda, there is a statue of Sidharta Gautama who sit under the Bodhi tree. The tree was plant by Narada Mahathera in 1955.

The building has octagon-shaped (eight sides). At the center of building, there is a statue of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. In front of the statue, there is a sacrifice altar. The people doing a ritual named Tjiam Shi.

Well, this is a very interesting and for the photographers, this place has so many beautiful spots!

Buddha under the Bodhi tree

Bodhisattva Avalokiteswara

Anyone could tell me what it is?

Look, that’s me..!! Pffttt… :p

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