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Buddhist Monastery, Banjar


The Monastery (Brahma Vihara Arama) Buleleng Bali was built in 1970 by locals financing by Indonesian and also aids of Thailand government, and it's consecrated in 1972. It has been damaged by earthquake in 1976. The new stupa has been repaired and is decorated with splendidly colorful confection. It well knows as Vihara Buddha Banjar, is the biggest Buddhist temple in Bali.

Brahmavihara Arama Budha - Buddhist Monastery Banjar is a Buddhist temple that was built in the late of 20th century Christian exactly in 1960 and after 1970; it was opened formally in 1973. Actually Buddhist temple had been built before located at Banjar Tegehe around the hot spring area of Banjar village, but at that time only a few of people adherents Buddha. 
Then alter Buddhist adherents were getting more increasing then Brahma Vihara Arama was finnally built on such area of land. The area has been expanded in order to be able to build Borobudur Miniature that is located on the Southern part of the Brahmavihara Arama that has been built and opened. 

The temple complex enjoys a wonderful hillside setting such as brilliant orange tile roof stand over an entrance gate guarded by fine two naga, with bell tower in the corner of middle courtyard, Every steps up to the temple has Buddha wisdom also around the walls. 

A lower temple with a gold Buddha is from Thailand as a centerpiece, carved stone plaques showing scene from Buddha's life on all the main temple, and colorful Buddhist to the left of the top temple. Further up you'll see the founder of the temple next to it is several big stupas, in this part is the most interesting of the monastery, and magnet for pilgrimages. 

Principally there are 5 complexes of buildings: 
  • UPASATHA GARA ; located on the top of the hill on the west, is a comfortable and a quite place. On the wall there is relief of Buddha's birth, and in the center there is Buddhist statue in the condition reaching the heaven. In religious and ritual activities this space is functioned as stabilizing the candidate of Monk, a stating stage to follow the next training. It was in this space the Monk said their oath. 
  • DHARMASALA ; is located on the east, Dharmasala room is a kind of a room for giving lecture. This room is also a place for giving preach and other spiritual activities. 
  • STUPA ; is a giant bell-like building located at the corner of North West, its walls are made of concrete, carved on relieves that are very interesting. In the Stupa there are many sacred Buddhist things kept such as bright and fire proof things. 
  • BODI TREE ; at the northwest corner there is a big Bodi tree that is decorated with relief, This place is a victory of Buddha when reaching eternal perfection. In this place visitors usually do meditation especially on Asuda and Wajcak Holidays. 
  • KUTI ; at Vihara complex there are rooms called Kuti. These rooms are the home stay for Monks and students who are studying and a place for Monks exercise. If we hang around all corners of the room and park we can find many Buddhist statues. Among there are two beautiful ones; Parinirwana and Buddha statues. Both are made from bronze coated with gold gifts from Thailand and Sri Langka in 1977. These statues are place in different rooms. Buddhist Parinirwana statue visualized Buddha reaching heaven or Hindus term Moksha (eternity). Other biggest Buddhist statues at the park in Brahmavihara Arama are about 31 statues. They are made from sandstone or concrete showing the symbol that there are 31 stages of nature outside heaven. 

Other important holy days at Brahmavihara Arama are Waicak comes every Purnamasiddhi (Full moon). In may, once a year. It is to celebrate : 
1. The birth of Buddha in Purnamasiddhi Waisaka Puja. 
2. The reaching of Heaven by Buddha that is a perfect freedom, and 
3. When Buddha reached Parinirwana (eternity).

It is located at a hilly area at Tegehe Village, Desa Banjar, Buleleng Regency about 22 km west of Singaraja City. Due to its location in a hilly area, Brahmavihara Arama has a silent and peaceful atmosphere and it's perfect as a spiritual area.

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