Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Ancient temples (Buddhist & Hindu)

Catching up on posting some pictures from recent adventures... I'll get the rest up over the next few days!

BOROBUDUR ancient Buddhist temple... Built in the 8th or 9th century, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has nine levels (6 square ones at the base, and 3 circular ones near the top), and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. Seventy-two of the statues are seated inside stupas around the main dome. Borobudur is Indonesia's most visited tourist attraction, and is still used for pilgrimage by Buddhists who come here during an annual celebration at the temple.

Some dancers with Borobudur in the background...

Prambanan ancient Hindu temple complex... This 9th century Hindu temple compound is dedicated to Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Sustainer (Vishnu), and the Destroyer (Shiva). Prambanan, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia, and one of the largest in southeast Asia.

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