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Standing in a straight row, the triad of Monuments Mendut, Pawon, and Borobudur forms a symbolic unity.

In the oldest of the three, the Mendut temple, a tree metre high statue of Buddha carved from one piece of stone, represent an imposing expression of homage to the preacher of the faith of deliverance.

Less than two kilometers away, sparated by the rivers Elo and Progo, lies smaller Pawon, a jewel of Javanese temple architecture. In all probability this temple served as a stop to purify the mind, prior to ascending Borobudur.

Amere fifteen hundred meters from Pawon, a stone hill of terraces arises, Borobudur with its hundreds of Buddhas.

When makingn the tour of the galleries with their high-set balustrades under the celestial canopy, one may imagine being in a temple. Saying one’s prayers, passing along the two and a half kilometres of reliefs to the summit of the sanctuary, resembles a passage along an altar up to the hope for fulfillment.

The pilgrim or he who hopes to attain Buddhasip (or Bodhisattva in Sankrit), enters Mendut in honour of Buddha.

Borobubr by. Yazir marzuki and Toety Heraty

Borobudur Chandi, however, is like and Ornaments. It rises to heaven towards the acquisition of Buddhaship, the absolute deliverance from the cycle of perpetual reincarnation.