One more, travel offerings in the form of heritage sites that have a uniqueness and charm can be found when visiting the province of Riau. In addition to enjoying the diverse charms of various relics of the Royal Malay, historical tours of our time is to visit a heritage site in the form of buildings Buddhist holy.
Various shaped building of the temple, be evidence of the historical development of these religions diprovinsi Riau, and is estimated to have been around since the golden era of the kingdom of Srivijaya. Well, roughly what are ya, the uniqueness of these temples?
Barelang temple, that was the name given by local people, to one of the heritage sites of the Buddhist religious communities.
Barelang temple also is the village of the same name with historical attractions, namely the Muara Takus and sekitara within 135 kilometers of Pekanbaru, or the capital of Riau province. More precisely located around the Kampar river area, District Thirteen Koto, Kampar, and is about 2.5 kilometers from the center of the village of Muara Takus.
Natural atmosphere that feels so cool and refreshing, became one of the first treats that we can enjoy the area around the complex attractions Muara Takus. Because there are many kinds of trees, growing in shady areas and surrounding attractions which reportedly has a unique, and can only be found in Muara Takus attraction.
We will also find some of the buildings temple and stupa with names and different forms, and spread in the area Muara Takus complex. Among namely, Temple Firstborn, Temple Young, Temple Palangkaraya, as well as Mahligai temple, which is surrounded by a large wall and a base material made of white stone with a size of 74 x 74 meters, and a height of 80 centimeters.
While on the outside of the area of Muara Takus complex, there is also a building wall made of red stone with a size of approximately 1.5 x 1.5 meters, also surround the area of tourist complex heritage sites of the Buddhist religious communities.
In addition, there are also some debris remains of the other buildings around the temple area Muara Takus, which until now still not known exactly what the use and function.
Among them, the two holes are estimated previously used as cremate a corpse, a former building of the remaining foundation made of sand, rectangular-shaped building measuring 3 x 2.4 meters, and a mound of earth which is estimated as the location where the red rocks.
In various writings, many found the sentences that describe some evidence of the results of research by archaeologists, the Muara Takus privileges. Various quotations, explaining that the area of the temple relics of the heyday of the kingdom of Srivijaya, was found by an archaeologist named Cornet De Groot, in mid-1860 past.
He also found a lot of various relics sculpture statue or stupa, which of them has a shape and ornaments resembling a lion’s head. Where after conducted various studies, found a fact that the type and shape stupa contained in Muara Takus the area, has many similarities with some statue or stupa located in the State of Myanmar, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and India. Wow, amazing is not it?
Well, Mahligai temple is one of the heritage sites of the temple which is considered to have the most complete form of which will be found around the area attractions Muara Takus. The temple, being the location where the previously estimated that there are a variety of small stupas or statues of the lion-shaped characteristic of the Buddhist society.
Estimated at some angle Mahligai Temple, formerly was devoted to placing the statue is regarded as the symbol of goodness. In addition, on the stairs or building entrance Temple Firstborn, there are also several other lion-shaped statues.
Another uniqueness that we can find when traveling and traveled to one of the temple which is now also thought to be the oldest temple archaeological sites in the Sumatra Island, which is the base material for building the temples belonging to different from most of the temple can be found at Indonesia.
Barelang temple, built with red stone structure made of clay, and true indeed found in a village located around the Kampar River, the village of Pongkai.
The village is located approximately 6 kilometers from the location of the site Muara Takus, formerly expected to be one of the locations for the production of red stone that became the main material for building Muara Takus.
There is a large hole the rest of the excavation of clay on the village Pongkai, and bear witness to the history of the development of the only heritage sites such as the temple contained the Riau diprovinsi. Well, so be sure not to miss your self serving flagship attraction provisions Riau this one huh?
To reach the temple location MuaraTakus, also not difficult. We can use a personal vehicle or use public transportation that cross the attraction, through downtown Pekanbaru.