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Borobudur Temple : Voyage and Knowledge of Kalinga

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Borobudur Temple : Voyage and Knowledge of Kalinga

Kalingan Voyage and Religious Civilisation
To mark Kalinga merchants who used to set sail on high seas in pursuit of maritime glory. On Kartik Purnima Day traditional Bali Yatra Festival observed. Which is reminiscent of Orissa’s maritime links with Suvarna Dwipa of by-gone days . To mark this, colorful paper boats are floated in tanks, rivers or sea reminding the present generation of their glorious maritime past.

Place of Barbodour(Bada+Bandar)

Place of Barbodour(Bada+Bandar)

Kalinga as a maritime power in ancient times and Kalidas in his Ragbuvamsa referred to the King of Kalinga as “The Lord of the Sea”(Mahodadhipati). The Aryamanjusrimulakalpa, a text of Mahayana Buddhism, refers to “All islands in the Kalinga Sea” (Kalingaodresu). It seems from these accounts that the eastern sea or the modem Bay of Bengal[Mahodadhi] was known in the past as the “Kalinga Sea”being dominated by the ships of Kalinga. A portion of Java island was then known as Ho-ling which is interpreted as a variant of the word ‘Kalinga’. Similarly, the people of Tri-Kalinga who colonized in Burma, are known as Talaing. Bali and Java were important centers for the spread of Indian culture lead by Kalinga in the front . To explore the ancient tie with ancestors home an Indonesian scholar, Dr. I.G.P. Phalgunadi, visiting Orissa, was very pleasantly surprised at many instances of similarity between the culture and lifestyles of the two people which includes their graceful dance forms, art and handicrafts, temples, monuments and distinctive style of architecture, tie and dye, weaving technique and elegant textile designs, specialties of their cuisine, and the tranquil spread of their coconut fringed golden beaches.

Kalinga Province in Java and Sailendra dynasty

 Lord Statue of Barbodour

Lord Statue of Barbodour


In 664 CE According to I-tsing, a Chinese Buddhist monk named Hwi-ning had arrived in Kalingga[ Holing ] of central Java of Indonesia and stayed there for about three years. During his stay he translated numerous Buddhist Hinayana scriptures., and with the assistance of a Holing monk Jnanabhadra(Gyanabhadra). Kalingga existed between the 6th and 7th century. Kalingga was one of the earliest Hindu-Buddhist kingdoms established in Java. The historical record of this kingdom is scarce and vague (may be due to non patronage of Hinayana fold of Buddhism), and comes mostly from Chinese sources and local traditions.

Queen Shimas Great Character of Truth Honesty

 Sailendra Royal Court Scene

Sailendra Royal Court Scene

The kingdom was ruled by Queen ShimaIn 674 CE who is praise worthy for her Great Character of truth and Honesty, and fierce law against thievery, which encouraged her people to be honest and uphold absolute truth. According to tradition, one day a foreign king placed a bag filled with gold on the intersection in Kalingga to test the famed truthful and honesty of Kalingga people. Nobody dared to touch the bag that did not belong to them, until three years later when Shima’s son, the crown prince, accidentally touched the bag with his foot. The queen issued a death sentence to her own son, but was overruled by a minister that appealed the queen to spare the prince’s life. Since it was the prince’s foot that touched the bag of gold, so it was the foot that must be punished through mutilation. Queen Shima’s great-grandson is Sanjaya, who is the king of Sunda Kingdom and Galuh Kingdom, and also the founder of Medang Kingdom.

Medang Kingdom and Sailendra Dynasty

Sailendra (Sanskrit: Lord of the Mountain) or officially Sailendravamça (Sanskrit: Sailendra dynasty) is the name of an influential Indonesian dynasty that emerged in 8th century Java.
The Sailendras were coming from ruling family of both Medang Kingdom of Central Java for some period and Srivijaya in Sumatra. Sailendras were active promoters of Mahayana Buddhism and active builder of Buddhist monuments, including the world famous Borobudur Temple. The dynasty appeared to be the Borobudur, or Barabudur(In Odia it may called as Bada+Bandar=Big Dock Yard), is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist monument in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia.

Borobudur(Bada+Bandar) Temple is a Wonder

It is located 40km northwest of Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia. The temple location is between two volcanoes Merapi and Merbabu, and between meeting place of two rivers, Elo and Progo. It is built around 8th and 9th century in Central Java, Indonesia. After for centuries being hidden and lost, it was discovered by British exploration under Thomas Raffles in 1814. The monument consists of 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 a perforated stupa.

Builder Sailendra Dynasty from Odisha (Kalinga)


According to Majumdar; an Indian scholar, Sailendra dynasty that established them self in Indonesian archipleago, either the one that ruled Srivijaya or the ruler of Medang (Java) was originated from Kalinga . This opinion also shared by Nilakanta Sastri and Moens. Moens further describes; Sailendra was originated in India and established them . In Odishan history also Sailobhavas ruled over Kalinga towards the middle of sixth century A.D and more obviously at the advent of the seventh century A.D. Their origin may comes from on the bank of River Saila in the Ganjam district.

Borobudur, the largest Buddhist structure in the world built by the Sailendra dynasty under Samaratungga.
Borobudur Temple Built in the 9th century during the reign of the Sailendra Dynasty which reflects India’s influence on the region, yet there are enough indigenous scenes and elements incorporated to make Borobudur uniquely Indonesian. Samaratungga was the head of the Sailendra dynasty who ruled Central Java and Srivijaya in the 8th and the 9th century. During his administration, he initiated the construction of a massive Buddhist monument Borobudur.

Evidence suggest that Javanese conversion to Islam cause the fall of Borobudur and abandoned following the 14th century decline of Buddhist and Hindu kingdoms in Java. With the help of native Indonesians, in 1814 Thomas Stamford Raffles, then the British ruler of Java champion for restoration of World Knowledge heritage. 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 Worldwide knowledge of its existence and a salience spectator of Kalingan (modern Odisha) voyage and Knowledge.

 

 Article by : Swagatika Pati

 

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