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Biggest Avalokitesvara Boddhisatva Statue in Siantar

Category: Miscellaneous — kamaruddin @ 4:00 pm

If you’re traveling to Siantar or on an excursion to Lake Toba in Prapat, have a stop off at Vihara Avalokitesvara in Pane street, Siantar. Help yourself to pray (for Buddhist) or admire the statue of Kwan Im (Quan Yin) that is recorded by MURI (Indonesia’s Record Museum) as the biggest Avalokitesvara Bodhissatva Statue in Indonesia.

Kwan Im statue in Siantar was built in 3 years and made public on 15th November 2005. The 22.8 meters granite statue was ordered from China as the heighest statue in South East Asia.

For Buddhist, Kwan Im is regarded as the Goddess of Mercy and known as Bodhisattva or Buddha-To-Be, human being that is almost reaching enlightment and perfection. The position of Kwan Im in Siantar is called “The Sutra Holder Quan Yin” out of 33 other positions.

Kwan Im is also called Avalokitesvara, identical to the Vihara in which the statue is in. Aval means “hear” and lokite means “world” and svara means “voice” which summarizes “Hearing voices of the world”. “Avalokitesvara, as buddhists believed, is compassion. And those who suffer will be heard”, said Monk Dhyanavira of Vihara Avalokitesvara.

The statue is surrounded by “Catur Mahadewa Raja” (guardians of hell, who’s noting merits/misdeeds done by mortals). The site is also featured with a giant bell and a praying wheel. At the lower part of the site, 33 small Kwan Im statues are circling the big statue.

The Kwan Im statues is now one of religious sites to visit in Siantar, visited by many tourists as well as pilgrims especially on holiday and holy day of Buddhist.

Height: 3 m, Quantity: 108 pieces

Buddha Rupang/Statue
Height: 19.8 m, Granite: 238 pieces
Total granite needed: 388 pieces
Total concrete: 502 tons
Total steel: 70 tons

Width = 8.4 m, Total Height = 22.8 m, Weight: 1500 tons.

MURI certificate handed on 11th June 2005 in Pematang Siantar, Sumatra.

Becoming tourist site Becoming tourist site

Catur Mahadewa Raja Kwan Im/Guan Yin-The Goddess of Mercy

This article is translated from “Dia yang Mendengar Suara Dunia“. All photos are copyright of Deny Sitohang, chief editor of Harian Global. Please do NOT grab or publish the photo(s) without the owner’s consent.

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  1. Using Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox on Windows Windows XP

    hi, sekarang giliran saya bertandang ke rumah maya mu ini. beberapa orang teman saya pernah liputan ke tempat ini. kata mereka, menakjubkan dan tidak terlupakan…
    Tetap menulis ya

    Comment by kakakina — 04/10/2007 @ 3:54 pm
  2. Using Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox on Windows Windows XP

    Terima Kasih sudah berkunjung. Saya masih belajar dan harus belajar dari anda. Tulisan anda mengalir dan menyentuh. Kapan2 silahturahmi di sini lagi ya :D

    Comment by kamaruddin — 05/10/2007 @ 8:16 am
  3. Using Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox 3.0.11 on Windows Windows XP

    Hello~ pematang siantar– north sumatra really wonderful we must visit that avalokitesvara temple if coming there. I’ve been there for first time n going to visit again. cya avalokitesvara. peace.

    Comment by shernzel — 27/06/2009 @ 12:34 pm

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