Mendut Temple (Candi Mendut): Home Of Three Largest Buddha Statues


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Mendut Temple is a Buddhist temple which was built by Indra king as a first king of Syailendra dynasty in 824 AD. Inside the temple’s chamber contains three beautiful Buddhist statues with different hand position. The month of May will be an exciting time to visit this temple becouse  you can witness the eminent celebration of Buddhist holiest day, known as Vesak.

MENDUT TEMPLE DESCRIPTION

Mendut Temple is located in Mendut village, Mungkid sub district, Magelang regency, about 8 km before Borobudur temple. Mendut Temple is a Buddhist temple which was built by Indra king as a first king of Syailendra dynasty in 824 AD, it was stated that the Indra king has built a sacred building called “venunavayang” which means bamboo forest. If this is true then certainly Mendut temple was built in the 8th century AD. This means this temple earlier than Borobudur Temple which was built by Samaratungga king, Wangsa Syailendra in 850 M.

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This temple was first rebuilt in 1836. All Mendut temple buildings part found, except the roof. In 1897-1904, the Dutch government undertook the first restoration effort with satisfactory results, although still far from perfect. The legs and body of the temple had successfully reconstructed. In 1908, Van Erp led the reconstruction and restoration of Mendut Temple by perfecting the shape of the roof, replacing stupas and fixing some roof top. The restoration was stopped due to unavailability of funds, but resumed in 1925.

CONTAIN THREE LARGEST BUDDHA STATUES

In the main chamber houses three beautifully carved large stone statues. The three statues are the Buddhist main divinities revered at Mendut which can explain the spiritual purpose of the establishment of this temple. At the center of the chamber is a grand 3 meter tall stone statue of Dhyani Buddha Cakyamuni or Dhyani Buddha Vairocana facing west, sitting in the dharma Cakra Mudra hand position (turning the wheel of Dharma). This central statue is believed to symbolize the turning of the wheels of all life on earth.

On the right of the central statue is the Boddhisatva Avalokitesvara in a seated position with the left leg crossed, while the right leg touches the ground. The hand position is varamudra which illustrates the Buddha delivering his teachings. The statue portrays Buddha in his grand costume complete with the jewelries and wearing a crown.

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The third statue is the Bodhisatva Vajrapani which sits on the left side of the Budha Cakyamuni. Just as the Bodhisatva Avalokitesvara, this statue also portrays the Buddha in his grand costume with reverse crossed legs to those of the Bodhisatva Avalokitesvara. Also called the Bodhisatva Maitreya, the hand position is simhakarnamudra which is similar to varamudra but with closed fingers, and represents the Buddha as the salvation of mankind.

THE TEMPLE’S RELIEFS

Mendut temple is the easternmost temple of the 3rd straight line of temple ( Borobudur, Pawon and Mendut ). The high of this Temple is 26.4 meters, facing southwest and has 48 small stupas and there are decorative reliefs on the the temple’s body in the form of kalpataru trees, as well as the reliefs on the walls of this temple is still clearly visible. This relief contains stories of moral teachings by using animal figures. Another story is the Brahmin and Crabs, Goose and turtle, Two Betet birds and Dharmabuddhi and Dustabuddhi.

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WAISAK CELEBRATION

Today, the temple is visited by many visitors and Buddhists pilgrims from around the world before proceeding to Borobudur. Mendut Temple also becomes the staging point for the annual ritual ceremony of Vesak, Mendut Temple as the first location Waisak/Vesak  process, followed by taking the holy water from Umbul Jumprit, Parakan, Temanggung, the holy fire of merapen, Grobogan. The peak of Waisak ceremony is “Pradaksina” that is the ceremony to round Borobudur temple level by level which is done in Borobudur Temple right on Purnama Sidhi or the first full moon in May. The celebration or ritual of Waisak can be witnessed by the wider community.

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WHERE IS MENDUT TEMPLE?

Address: Mendut, Mungkid, Mgelang, Central Java, Indonesia.

Village             : Mendut

Sub-district    : Mungkit

Regency          : Magelang

Province          : Central Java (Jawa Tengah)

HOW TO GO TO THE LOCATION BY PRIVATE CAR:

Using Private car with driver means you are free for anything without bothering anyone else. You just do your own tour with friends or family in one car maximum of 5 people, if more than 5 people we can provide a larger car.

Private car tour is included: Car, an english speaking driver, fuel, Mendut Temple entrance fee, parking, mineral water and transfer back to your hotel.

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HOW TO GO TO THE LOCATION BY SHARING CAR:

Using Sharing car means, you’re joining a small group and share the transport price and seat with the other guests that going to the same direction or in one itinerary with minimum of 2 participants. An english speaking driver will pick up to your hotel and inform about your visit time for the places you visit.

Sharing car tour is included: Car, an english speaking driver, fuel, local Guide, parking and transfer back to your hotel.

** (Sharing Car Transport is recommended for budget Travellers and Students)

HOW TO GO TO THE LOCATION BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT:

Start From Adisucipto Airport: Firstly you can take Trans Jogja with route ( 3A ) and stop in Condongcatur shelter, then please take route ( 2A ) and stop in Jombor bus station, then please take a public bus to Mendut Temple.

Start From Giwangan Bus Station: Firstly you can take Trans Jogja with route ( 3B ) and stop in Ngabean shelter, then please take route ( 2A ) and stop in Jombor bus station, then please take a public bus to Mendut Temple.

Start From Tugu Railway Station: Firstly you can take Trans Jogja with route ( 3A ) and stop in Ngabean shelter, then please take route ( 2A ) and stop in Jombor bus station, then please take a public bus to Mendut Temple.

ANOTHER INFORMATION:

OPENING HOURS

At 06.00 AM – 5.00 PM ( Everyday )

ENTRANCE FEE

RP 3000/person

PUBLIC FACILITIES

( Souvenirs Shops, Information Office, Official Local Guide Service, Wheel Chair )

FIND SOME  OTHER TOURIST PLACES  NEAR MENDUT TEMPLE:

  1. BOROBUDUR TEMPLE
  2. KALIADEM LAVA TOUR
  3. SITUMBU HILL
  4. KETEP PASS
  5. ELO RIVER RAFTING
  6. PAWON LUWAK COFFEE
  7. ULLEN SENTALU MUSEUM
  8. PRAMBANAN TEMPLE
  9. CHICKEN CHURCH

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