Tuesday, February 02, 2016

The Avalokitesvara Graha Temple (Guan Yin Temple) in Bintan, Indonesia

After having seen a bit of the rubber tree and pineapple plantations, our driver brought us to the Avalokitesvara Graha Temple, otherwise known as the Guan Yin Temple.

Dragon fruit plantation on the front yard of the temple.

The 22-carat coated gold Bodhisattva.

The temple sits on top of a hilltop with sprawling dragon fruit plantation in the fore ground, looking like fruit armies guarding the temple from evil spirits. It is along the main highway of the island approximately 15 kilometres outside Tanjung Pinang. Dragon fruits in Chinese culture is a lucky fruit. You’ll see a lot of these coming out in the stores and markets this coming Chinese New Year.

Now Guan Yin is the Goddess of Mercy in Buddhism and this Guan Yin in Bintan Island is the largest sitting Guan Yin in the whole of South East Asia. The Bodhisattva is made of brass and is coated in 22 carat gold.

Meanwhile, at the back of the car SisterJ and Myrhh finally came out of their deep slumber. It must have been the shiny Happy Buddha or having taken a sneak peek at the large golden Bodhisattva that encouraged them to step out of the car and inspect the temple.

Our driver mentioned that the temple is relatively new, built by a wealthy Chinese businessman from the island. All of the sculptures and important building ornaments, besides the raw materials, were imported from China. In Bintan, there is a big Chinese community presence, and one of the famous villages is the water or floating Chinese village which we visited later in the road trip.

This temple is a nice stop. I loved mostly the sprawling view with the dragon fruit plantation in front of the temple.

Fruit offerings of papaya, pineapple and dragon fruit.

SisterJ looking quite serious kneeling in front of the Bodhisattva.

The Happy Buddha or Budai =)

Outside is a large old bell or gong.

Burning incense (Joss) sticks and coils.

All these were imported from China.

Dragon fruit hanging from its source (that looks like a cactus).

Travel Period: November 2015
Destination: Bintan Island (Riau Islands), Indonesia

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