Candi Mendut, Magelang, Central Java

We were on our way to Borobodur on our rented motorbike when we came across Candi Mendut. I’d read about it in one of our guide books but didn’t make any special plans to visit it so it was great that we rode right by it!

Mendut is a 26.4 metres tall Buddhist temple built around early 9th century AD. It was rediscovered in 1836 and restoration was finished in 1925. Mendut houses three large stone statues, the largest of which is the 3-metre tall Dhyani Buddha Vairocana which is meant to liberate devotees from bodily karma. The other two statues represents the liberation from karma of speech and of thought.

from the outside

some strange creature

climbing up

looking up

bas-relief of Hariti surrounded by children

at the entrance to the main chamber

Dhyani Buddha Vairocana

Boddhisatva Avalokitesvara on the left

Boddhisatva Vajrapani on the right

another bas-relief outside

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