Thousands of Buddha followers solemnly join the two-day ritual to commemorate Waisak, Buddha’s Day of Enlightenment, on Saturday and Sunday at Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Central Java.
Waisak commemorations, organized by the Indonesia Buddha Congregation [Walubi], began with a procession to take holy water from the Umbul Jumprit fountain in Temanggung and the eternal flame from Mrapen, Purwodadi. The water and flame were placed at nearby Mendut Temple before later being carried in procession, along with Buddha’s relics, to Borobudur Temple.
Waisak emphasizes the three important events in the life of Gautama Buddha; his birth, enlightenment and perfect liberation.
The peak of the procession was held close on midnight, marked by the release of 5,000 lanterns.
In the morning, the congregation meditated, reminisced on the Buddha’s life and received a blessing with holy water. This was followed by Pradaksina, a procession to circle the Borobudur Temple three times on foot. [dmr]
JP/ Tarko Sudiarno