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Jakarta Post

Candi Sumberawan: Little guardian of the springs

  • Retno K. Djojo


Jakarta   /   Fri, June 19 2009   /  11:43 am

Rough idea: Two models of stupas sit near a heap of andesite blocks, lying idle as they are no fit substitute for the real – and missing – thing. JP/Retno K. Djojo The mountainous heartland of East Java, once the seats of the Kediri and Singasari kingdoms, is dotted with numerous temples. Slender-bodied with high, tiered roofs and decorated in beautiful relief work, most of East Java's temples reflect a syncretism between Hinduism and Buddhism. But Candi Sumberawan, which takes the form of a stupa, is an exception, as it is the only temple in East Java that is purely Buddhist. Though diminutive in size compared with the mighty Borobudur in Central Java, its philosophical weight and its significance with regard to water preservation makes it stand out across space and time. Located at the foot of Mt Arjuna, in the village of Tejasari in Singasari d...