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Borobudur

Borobudur
Made by mikaku
Borobudur is the largest and widely hailed as one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world. The colossal temple, composed of 55,000 square meters of lava-rock is erected on a hill in Muntilan, Magelang, and is about 42 km from Yogyakarta city in Central Java, Indonesia. This massive structure was built between AD 700 and AD 850, (over 300 years prior to Cambodia's Angkor Wat, and more than 400 years before any of the great European cathedrals). The monument comprises of a stepped-pyramid of six rectangular stories topped by three circular terraces, and a central stupa crowning this incredible architectural achievement on par with the great pyramids of Egypt. The entire structure is in the form of a lotus, the sacred flower of The Buddha. The Temple is adorned with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha sculptures. A huge main dome, located at the very center of the top most platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside perforated stupas. Each of these Buddhas are performing a mudra or hand gesture indicating one of the five directions. East, with the mudra of calling the earth to witness. South, with the hand position of blessing. West, with the gesture of meditation and north, the mudra of fearlessness. And finally, the centre with the teaching gesture. The name Borobudur is believed to be derived from the Sanskrit words 'vihara', 'Buddha' and 'uhr', which loosely translates as 'the Buddhist monastery on the hill'. Borobudur is Indonesia's single most visited tourist attraction and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But fear not as Balifornian Tours can get you there at times when you will not be inundated with tourists. This is a no miss site on any Indonesian tour and we can help you get there with the least hassle possible and get you to all the secret spots while explaining this heroic achievement of human vision that others might miss. Balifornian Tours www.balifornian.com

emptiness

emptiness
Made by shapeshift
Borobudur, a name deriving from an expression meaning 'Mountain of accumulation of merits of the ten states of Bodhisattva' is commonly thought of as a Buddhist structure, yet its initial construction was planned and conducted by Hindu builders sometime around 775AD. The enormous first and second terraces were completed by a declining Hindu dynasty, construction was then halted for some years, and later, from 790 to 835 AD, the Buddhist Sailendra dynasty continued and finally completed the great stupa. The huge stone mass might have then been permanently abandoned, for it was difficult to adapt to the needs of Buddhism. However, leaving in evidence such an obvious manifestation of Hinduism was probably not deemed politically correct and thus the unfinished Shiva temple was transformed into the world's largest Buddhist stupa. So, to that end, upon the upper three terraces are 72 small stupas, each containing a statue of the Buddha (these statues are usually headless; relic hunters stole many of the heads, others are in museums). Crowning the entire structure is a great central stupa. Representing Nirvana, it is empty. After 832 AD the Hindu dynasty of Sanjaya began to reunify central Java and soon reappropriated the Buddhist monuments built by the Sailendra. Although the Sanjaya were themselves Hindu, they ruled over a Buddhist majority and thus, while some Hindu modifications and ornamentations were done on Borobudur, the stupa remained a place of Buddhist use. During the 10th and 11th centuries there was a transfer of power from central Java to the east, and the great stupa fell into decline. For centuries the site lay forgotten, buried under layers of volcanic ash and jungle growth. In 1815 Europeans cleared the site, in the early 1900's the Dutch began its restoration, and a US$21 million project begun in 1973 completed the work. This is an excellent documentary on The Life of Buddha

Borobudur

Borobudur
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Borobudur, or Barabudur, is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist monument near Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument comprises six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. A main dome, located at the center of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside perforated stupa. The monument is both a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage. The journey for pilgrims begins at the base of the monument and follows a path circumambulating the monument while ascending to the top through the three levels of Buddhist cosmology, namely Kāmadhātu (the world of desire), Rupadhatu (the world of forms) and Arupadhatu (the world of formlessness). During the journey the monument guides the pilgrims through a system of stairways and corridors with 1,460 narrative relief panels on the wall and the balustrades. Evidence suggests Borobudur was abandoned following the 14th-century decline of Buddhist and Hindu kingdoms in Java, and the Javanese conversion to Islam. Worldwide knowledge of its existence was sparked in 1814 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, then the British ruler of Java, who was advised of its location by native Indonesians. Borobudur has since been preserved through several restorations. The largest restoration project was undertaken between 1975 and 1982 by the Indonesian government and UNESCO, following which the monument was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Borobudur is still used for pilgrimage; once a year Buddhists in Indonesia celebrate Vesak at the monument, and Borobudur is Indonesia's single most visited tourist attraction.

stranger 15/100

stranger 15/100
Made by puguhindra
Hello to you all :) this is my fifteenth stranger, her name is Dorota Proba. She is Polish. well, this is quite lucky. firstly, i noticed her meters away in the crowd taking photographs of carnival contestant (me too, taking some shot at the same street carnival area) secondly, i tried to take some candid of her, but the results were not so good :( , my friend said, my friend : c'mon, make her your stranger! (strangers project of course) me : nope, i am just too shy to introduce myself to her and we walked away, buried my wish.. but, LUCK happened! :D one of the street carnaval contestant stopped and posed with the spectators for photographs! she also stopped and capturing images. this is my chance, i said to my self. me and my friend then approached her, asking her to pose together with our friends. and last, finally i can ask her to be strangers and she agreed!! waah my heart beats so fast, my hands were trembling when i shot some frames of her, so gorgeous. she said that se would be staying for a year in my town to study. hope we can meet again, Dorota! :) This picture is #15 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the This picture is #15 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at http://www.100strangers.com/

Green move... Guess! Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Green move... Guess! Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia
Made by Rana Pipiens
Becak-pedaller chess players near the Kraton in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia. An important mode of transport still in Yogyakarta is the becak, the three-wheeled pedal bike which can carry one Westerner but an entire Javanese family; there's a yellow one in the background here. Motorised, these can be terribbly polluting devices. Recently, though, the local Gadja Mada University (with enthusiastic Jufti Tengga as an innovator) together with Toyota is developing a modernised version which will be Clean-Air friendly; 'green', as we like to say. Green, too, is the color of this chess board, with no doubt Muslim players. Chess has a long history on Java, dating well before Europeans first noticed it there around 1500. Perhaps brought to Java by Buddhist monks from India much earlier, it soon became a national sport. By the long era of the Gailendra Empire (which produced the Borobudur) it had become entrenched. Called 'Main Chator' (Game of Chess), a name probably derived from the Sanskrit 'Chaturanga' (the Army Game), some of its rules were different from European forms of chess (although there was variation here as well; for example, contemporary rules of pawn promotion were not established until 1851). It seemed to me that the chess game in the picture followed general, modern rules. What the green move is about to be - I would think - is a last, desperate one. But it IS green!

Dusun Hibiscus, Prawirotaman, Jogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Dusun Hibiscus, Prawirotaman, Jogyakarta, Java, Indonesia
Made by Rana Pipiens
The south-sea beaches to the south of Jogyakarta on the island of Java, Indonesia, are absolutely stunning (see e.g. an earlier photo of Parangtritis in my photostream). But at some point one has to return to the city... Driving north through the lusciously green countryside dotted with villages and kampungs - some with rermarkable architecture and art in which a synthesis has been made of Catholic christianity and Javanese Hindu forms - the road merges into one of the suburbs of the great city. The kampung Prawirotaman sprang up on a tract of land given by the sultan to one of his military men in the nineteenth century. His three sons developed here a batik industry and later ventured into the guest house trade. And the area is dotted now with many losmen and smallish hotels. The Jogya Dusun (= Village) Inn is one of these. A small hotel - some call it a boutique hotel - its garden is wonderful. In fact, a staff member is quite the botanist and he has collected many plants, often unusual and hailing from remote places. They are carefully nurtured, and through the small central garden with clattering fountain waft the various floral aromas of the different periods of the day. This marvellous salmon hibiscus was photographed early on the morning of our departure for the airport. To my eyes it is so beautiful that I must one time return to look at its descendants.

Stranger 1/100

Stranger 1/100
Made by puguhindra
hello to you all! this is my first attempt on completing project 100Strangers, aand this is my first stranger :) Her name is Veronica Diaz, she is the Medical Professor in Poitiers, France. She came to my little town to share her knowledge about how to study in France, especially Universite de Poitiers. she also gave a lecture which i attended today, at the moment, i feel this is the right moment to start the 100Strangers project. i and her were talking about how can i do some research in France and the possibilities of studying doctoral programme there :) after the lecture i decided to approach her, i told her that i am just an amateur photographer. i told her that i was planning to make new project called 100strangers, and i told her it will be my honor to have you as my first stranger in this project and she smiled okey, you may take my picture clik, clik clik and voila! i get the first stranger!! :) This picture is #1in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the This picture is #1in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at http://www.100strangers.com/

230-02

230-02
Made by *Sonny
Prambanan temple or also named Roro Jonggrang temple is a complex of Hindu Temple which consist of three main shrines, there are Brahma in the north, Vishnu in the south and the biggest one Shiva temple in the middle. Shiva temple as the biggest temple soars up to 47 meter. Those three represents of Trimurti in Hindu belief. All of the temple facing to the east. Each main temple has smaller temple on the side and all of them are facing western. The name for each temple are Angsa temple for Brahma, Garuda for Vishnu and Nandini for Shiva. Beside those temple there are more 234 more small temple. Inside those temple can be found a statue represent each temple name except the Shiva temple, there are three room consist of Agastya (Shiva’s teacher) statue, Btari Durga (Shiva’s wife) statue and Ganesha (Shiva’s son) statue inside those each room. Prambanan temple was build in 10th century under king of Mataram Rakai Pikatan and Rakai Balitung from Sanjaya dynasty. Since 1991, just like Borobudur temple, Prambanan temple has appointed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. Prambanan temple is located eastern of Yogya city approx 17 km, at the side of main road from Yogya to Solo city Central Java - Indonesia

Misty Borobudur

Misty Borobudur
Made by myudistira
Yogyakarta Series #1 Borobudur World Wonder Heritages This is my 2nd trip to Borobudur but this time with (always) Santi, Rido and Yudi. A great trip because I had problem with the weather and tranport. But all become worth when I reach this place. A great place to see the Borobudur from far place. Taken from Hill called as Tuk Setumbu. I don't believe in curse but I can believe that the motorbike tyre's was blown for twice for different day and different motorbike when reach this place. I must wake up in the early morning twice just for get this photo :D * * * Borobudur was built by King Samaratungga, one of the kings of Old Mataram Kingdom, the descendant of Sailendra dynasty. Based on Kayumwungan inscription, an Indonesian named Hudaya Kandahjaya revealed that Borobudur was a place for praying that was completed to be built on 26 May 824, almost one hundred years from the time the construction was begun. The name of Borobudur, as some people say, means a mountain having terraces (budhara), while other says that Borobudur means monastery on the high place. Canon 50D + 70-200 IS USM F/2.8 + Teleconverter 2X Tuk Setumbu, Magelang - East Java

The Lost Hindu Temple in the Jungle Mist

The Lost Hindu Temple in the Jungle Mist
Made by Stuck in Customs
If you want to see how I made this (and how you can too!), visit my HDR Tutorial. I hope it gives you some new tricks! I took an afternoon hike in the remote area of Java just outside the town of Jogjakarta to explore this temple. It's called Prambanan, and it was built around 850 CE. The rain was pouring down, which left me and Will there pretty much alone, except for a few wild deer in the area. I waited through the rain because I knew if it cleared there would be a great sunset. I had a little baggy over my camera to keep it dry until everything passed... While waiting on the rain to stop, I walked around and did more up close exploration of the temples of Vishnu, Shiva, and Brahma, which were three of the largest in the complex. All the temple blocks were on the edge of collapse, after many centuries of Indonesian earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. from my daily photo blog at www.stuckincustoms.com

Backstage

Backstage
Made by ... Arjun
The Wayang Kulit (leather puppet) show is one of the masterpieces of Javanese performance arts. It is an art that is five centuries old. You can watch it from any angle of the stage, including backstage! Since there was no translation, I spent more time walking around the stage (without disturbing anyone of course) observing it from different angles … and shooting. What you see in this frame are the profiles of the female singers called ‘sinden’ who sing Javanese songs as the background score. This was taken from the front view of the stage, but is actually a view of the side wings (which are usually covered). There was a 6 inch opening at this performance, which is in the foreground. Peeking through it, you get a good glimpse of the backstage without actually being there. Taken at 200mm f/5.6, 0.8s handheld – because there was no other way to pull this one off. :-) Yogyakarta, Indonesia 2007 Arjun Purkayastha • travel & fine art photography •

We Live only Once

We Live only Once
Made by myudistira
Vesak Trip - Photo Stock #3 Although Nothing Last Forever Actually I quite feel funny when see these monk taking photo before Vesak Procession on Borobudur Temple this year. Monk in my perception known as special person who want to learn and dedicate all of his life for what his/her belief in the name of God, they just do all only for that. Not thinking more about money and 'material world'.... same as Balinese Hindu for Rsi or pemangku, maybe. But monk is also human. Human that need to be remember about something, human that like share something with the other even just a story. Human is just a human, not more. We all same, so please don't think that you are more more more than the other, because the end of 'this story in this world' for all people is just same :) Keep taking photo and share it to the world World need inspiration to be better :) This photo took during my trip to Jogjakarta and Central Java to come Vesak Ceremony on Borobudur. Just Borobudur, Central Java - Indonesia

Prambanan Rediscovery

Prambanan Rediscovery
Made by T e e J e
In 1811 during Britain’s short-lived rule of the Dutch East Indies, Collin Mackenzie, a surveyor in the service of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, came upon the temples by chance. Although Sir Thomas subsequently commissioned a full survey of the ruins, they remained neglected for decades, with Dutch residents carting off sculptures as garden ornaments and native villagers using the foundation stones for construction material. Half-hearted excavations by archaeologists in the 1880s merely facilitated looting. Reconstruction of the compound began in 1918, and proper restoration only in 1930. Efforts at restoration continue to this day. The main building was completed around 1953. Since much of the original stonework has been stolen and reused at remote construction sites, hampering restoration and since a temple can be rebuilt only if at least 75% of the original masonry is available, only the foundations of most of the smaller shrines are now visible with no plans for their reconstruction. [Wikipedia]

Stranger 11/100

Stranger 11/100
Made by puguhindra
Hello to you all :) this is my eleventh stranger, her name is Yosi (pronounced as Yo-see) she is an assistant of Mrs. Esther, the number 10th stranger of mine. She had a job, accompanying Mrs Esther while looking for some volunteers to fill in the form Mrs. Esther had. we talked a bit and she told me that she was a college student at the same university as me, but she took different major. she studies Indonesian folklore, i think. after 5 minutes talking, i told her that i wanted to take a photo of her as my stranger, i explained a bit about 100 Strangers project and she agreed :) This picture is #11 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the This picture is #11 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at http://www.100strangers.com/

Stranger 14/100

Stranger 14/100
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Hello to you all :) this is my fourteenth stranger, her name is Adinda. she was the MC of the photography competitiion held at Prambanan, Jogjakarta. She was very attractive preson. she used black glasses when guiding the show. when rest time came, i decided to ask her to be my stranger and explained about 100strangers. she agreed to be taken her photograph, but before that she asked me : do i have to wear my glasses?, and i answered it is much better if you don't use your glasses hehe i took several shoot and i think this is the best one of her This picture is #14 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the This picture is #14 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at http://www.100strangers.com/

Fly Your Dream and Let God Choose Them

Fly Your Dream and Let God Choose Them
Made by myudistira
Yogyakarta Series #10 The 'Capsule of' Pray and Hope Life is too beautiful to see Life also too wonderful to admire But its also so mysterious Even you only can hope, pray and do what you want But the destiny is just God knows So prepare your own lampion Set it full of air from your spirit With high burning of your enthusiasm In the calm of the peaceful mind So it can bee flying high, smooth but powerful Then let the Biggest of All choose your reward * * * This one is procession that I called as Flying the Lampion. Where the Buddhist will burn the wax below the lampion so it will fly. It count as 750 lampions flying at the almost same hour. I hope I was not make mistake, but something that I can get/learn from the procession, the flying lamp is symbol of our hope, pray and dream. Canon 50D + 10-22mm Borobudur - Central Java, Indonesia

Prambanan, Java, Indonesia.

Prambanan, Java, Indonesia.
Made by Demis de Haan
View On Black Prambanan is a ninth century Hindu temple compound in Central Java, Indonesia, dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Sustainer (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva). The temple compound is located approximately 18 km east of Yogyakarta city on the boundary between Yogyakarta and Central Java province. The temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia, and is one of the largest Hindu temples in south-east Asia. It is characterised by its tall and pointed architecture, typical of Hindu temple architecture, and by the towering 47m high central building inside a large complex of individual temples. 24 mm circulair pola filter cs4 nik efex pro 2

Stranger 3/100

Stranger 3/100
Made by puguhindra
hello to you all! :) this is my third strangers! :) her name is Kadek, She is Balinese, she is a college student and she conducts a research in the same laboratory as me. she came to the lab yesterday and i realized that i never met her before :D the following day, i decided to approach her (along with her friend as stranger #4 -later updated-). she said okey, and i took her picture right in the laboratory! :D i wish her success with her research. This picture is #3 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the This picture is #3 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at http://www.100strangers.com/

The Mist Cannot Hide You

The Mist Cannot Hide You
Made by myudistira
Yogyakarta Series #2 Borobudur from Tuk Setumbu Hill Even I got this place quite late, but the mist really quite thick too. The clouds also still stay hanging on the sky with sometimes spread small drops to us. But all of that cannot stopping me to see the Borobudur great moment after sunrise. * * * My obsession to visit this place can be realize, finally! This trip not just full of challenge (because I must finish my project at my office to get the leave) but also wonderful. Me, Santi and Rido got a promo ticket 1 month before the trip, so cheap. Then we have got no hotel before the trip (by phone from Bali) but fortunately, Rido's friend - Yudi, open his house to us to stay there.. lucky us :D Canon 50D + 70-200 IS USM F/2.8 Tuk Setumbu, Magelang - East Java

Stranger 12/100

Stranger 12/100
Made by puguhindra
Hello to you all :) this is my twelfth stranger, her name is Etty she had the same job as my 11th stranger, an assistant of Mrs. Esther (stranger #10). but she take different subject, Japanese Literature. well, it first i thought she is shy person because she rarely smiled, but when i asked her to be my stranger and i started taking her picture, she almost smiled in every frame i took! :) good day to you miss Etty! This picture is #12 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the This picture is #12 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at http://www.100strangers.com/



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