BUMIAYU TEMPLE

BUMIAYU TEMPLE

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Have you ever been to the ruins of Bumiayu Temple? This temple is located on the bank of a river, which is called Sungai Lematang. Since ancient times, in Sumatra, especially Palembang, rivers have been the main route that has become the node of civilization, connecting between regions and the center of government in Palembang City. Even now, this temple seems to be in the interior, even though in the past it was in a strategic location.

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Bumiayu Temple is about 120 km west of Palembang City, precisely in Bumiayu Village, Tanah Abang District, Penukal Abab Lematang Ilir (PALI) Regency, South Sumatra Province, which was formerly an area of ​​Sriwijaya. Uniquely, this temple is a Hindu temple, in the midst of Srivijaya rule that put Buddhism as the religion & spiritual foundation of the kingdom.

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The Hindu temple that existed around the 9th to 13th century AD, during the glory of Sriwijaya, consists of 11 temple buildings that have been found, and 5 of them have been restored, namely Candi 1,2,3,7, and 8. As for the temple, 4,5 , 6,9,10, and 11 are still mounds of earth. In this area, various artifacts were found, such as a statue of Shiva Mahadeva, a statue of Agastya, two Yoni, and a statue of Nandi. In addition, there were also found Stambha statues and two unknown statues.

 

Currently, there is a gallery (collection building) to store a number of these fragments and statues. A number of information including digital information is also provided for tourists visiting Bumi Ayu Temple Gallery.

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📖 Source of information: Journal of Kabib Soleh. 2018. Community Diversity & Religious Tolerance in Sriwijaya History. History Education at PGRI Palembang University, @melayupalembang, Culture Ministry of Education and Culture RI. @SpringCoIor @disbudparsumsel

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Photo by: @bejirihkudai, @heriyantofikri and dedehsatrio

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