It was the day of Seren Taun Guru Bumi festival. My backpacker group had initiate a trip via blackberry messenger to attend the festival and also exploring Bogor in one day. The selected route was Seren Taun Festival that also known as Sedekah Bumi, then to Jagatkarta Temple, then enjoying waterfall at Curug Nangka. The rule is we had to use public transportation at all cost. I lived in Bogor, so I came to station using motorcycle, that I had to leave my motorcycle at KFC Bogor Station parking lot.
|Tangga menuju bangunan Pura // The stairs to temple's building|
|Bangunan Pura terlihat dari taman // The Temple building seen from the garden|
This writing will tell one place we visited that time, which is Pura Jagatkarta. This Temple has full name Pura Parahyangan Agung Jagatkarta, located at Tamansari village in Ciapus. It was the second largest temple in Indonesia after Besakih in Bali (according to wikipedia). This temple lied in the Gunung Salak area and a bit far from public road. Fortunately, we rent a public transport from Cultural Kampong Sindang Barang to picked us up to the temple. As we move into the road to temple, the open field scenery lies along the road. It was beauty but it also the route we have to walked back to public road. As we arrived, the smell of burnt incenses fill the air, just like Balinese air. We walked up through the steps and reached the reception area. There were rules for visitors; Women in period shall not enter and passed the sacred zone, so waiting here at the reception will be a consequence. The visitor shall also dressed modestly, no shorts no mini-skirt. The sheath were available to be borrowed. On top of that, we shall wear traditional belt, where yellow belt for Men and the white for Women. Just like the rules at Borobudur temple, but there was Batik.
|Batas suci // The sacred demarcation zone|
After all attire ready, we shall leave our shoes/sandals here, beyond sacred zone, we shall bare footed. In front of the temple, there was a large garden where Hindunese did the pray. Around the garden, there was a building facing the scenery of the hills below. Not far from there, lies a Ganesha statue, Hindu's God has human body and elephant's head. After that we decided to went further. From the garden, there was stairs to the Temple's building, but there was a warning stated only hindunese pilgrim that allowed to enter the temple. Respecting the rules so we canceled our intention, so we returned to the garden area. Fortunately, the religious counselor, Pak Made welcomed us open handed. He tell the story of this temple and invited us to come inside the temple.
|Berfoto di depan Patung Ganesha // Taking photos in front of Ganesha statue|
Inside the temple, there was a larger ground for praying. Pak Made invited us to do meditation. Despite of spelling chants, he tell us to pray silently according to self's religion and enjoying the serenity in this temple. Finished meditation, he discussed about the benefit of meditation and also the rules and history of the areas inside the temple, including the statue of black panther and white panther symbolizing Pajajaran Kingdom, especially Prabu Siliwangi. There were small building that very forbidden that only religious leader that can sit in the building and leading the chants. After explaining the information, Pak Made say his permit to leave us inside the temple for praying and let us stay inside if we want but still following the rule. But the day getting late and we still had to go to Curug Nangka waterfall. So we say goodbye to him as well. Thanks Pak Made.
|Mendengarkan arahan dari Pak Made // Listening the direction from Pak Made|
Catatan : sebagian foto diambil dari album teman saya, Mbak Fitri Rosdiani, saya ditag juga kok
Notes : some photos taken from my friend's album, Mbak Fitri Rosdiani, I get tagged too.
|Foto bersama di dalam kompleks Pura // Taking photos inside the temple|