Waisak: A Holy Circuit of Three Borobudur Temples
Every year, Buddhists around the world celebrate Waisak (or Vesak) as the holiest day on the calendar. It marks Buddha’s birth, his enlightenment, and his attainment of nirvana all in one celebration. The day falls on the full moon in the 4th month of the Chinese lunar calendar (May 15, 2014). Arguably the most spectacular of the celebrations is at Java’s Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple. While Indonesia has the world’s largest Muslim population, Waisak is still highly revered and is recognized as a national holiday.
Thousands of monks in their elegant saffron robes will make a circuit of three temples ultimately ending at the amazing Borobudur. The monks will join together to repeat mantras and meditate throughout the day’s festivities. The 3-kilometer journey ventures from Mendut Temple to Pawon Temple and then onward to Borobudur. As day goes into night, flowers are strewn around while candles are lit as the full-moon rises.
The Borobudur Compound dates back to the 8th and 9th Century AD and consists of three monuments, namely the Borobudur Temple and two smaller temples which are the Mendut and Pawon Temples. The Unesco World Heritage site lays about 42 kilometers from Yogyakarta and is Indonesia’s single most visited sit. For more information on the festival, Bali and Borobudur or booking requests, please contact [email protected]