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Sunday, 16 June 2019

Press Release - Buddha-Carika Exhibition 01

 H.E. Mr. I Ketut Sudikerta, Vice-Governor of Bali with H.E. Mr. Gurjit Singh, Ambassador of India to Indonesia; Mr. Dasikin, Director-General, Buddhist Community Guidance, Ministry of Religious Affairs; Agung Rai, Founder of ARMA Museum; A.S. Takhi, Consul General of India in Bali; Kazuo Shibata, Consul General of Japan, Dr. R. Panth, Director, Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, Tjokorda Gde Putra Sukawati of Puri Agung Ubud; Anak Agung Gede Muliawan, Head of Regional Office of Ministry of Religious Affairs, Rio Helmy, famous Photographer with Bhikkhus from Vihara Buddha Shãkyamuni

The Shãkyamuni Buddha from India is currently on a visit to the island of peace and tranquility in the form of a prestigious Exhibition entitled Buddha-Cãrikã – In the footsteps of the Shãkyamuni Buddha, which is currently running at Agung Rai Museum of Arts (ARMA) in Ubud. The Pāli words 'Buddha' and 'Cārika' refer to the 'Enlightened One' and the 'sublime wandering' respectively.

The Exhibition was inaugurated by H.E. Mr. I Ketut Sudikerta, Vice- Governor of Bali along with H.E. Mr. Gurjit Singh, Ambassador of India to Indonesia & Timor-Leste at a brief solemn ceremony held at ARMA Museum on 27 February 2015.

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The Exhibition is composed of the three-dimensional images & replicas of the master pieces of Indian art, artifacts and important archaeological sites as well as photographs showing some of the sites of Buddhist pilgrimages in India. The artistic arrangement of the Exhibition was complimented with audio chanting of verses from original Pali Tripiṭaka. Bhikkus from the Vihara Buddha Sakyamuni chanted holy mantras before commencing the ceremony.

Other eminent dignitaries present during the opening ceremony included the Regent of Gianyar Regency, Anak Agung Gde Bharata; Director- General for Buddhist Community Guidance at the Ministry of Religious Affairs of Indonesia, Dasikin; Tjokorda Gde Putra Sukawati of Puri Agung Ubud, Putu Dewa Beratha, Head of Department of Culture of Province of Bali, famous photographer Rio Helmy, besides several other senior officials of the Bali Provincial Administration & Gianyar regional administration, the members of the consular corps, representatives of museums and galleries, art & cultural personalities, media, and members of the Indian community in Bali.

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The Exhibition illustrates the life, teachings, important events and the sublime wanderings of the Buddha, which he undertook for 45 years, after getting enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya. The Exhibition also provides information about 'Dhamma Yatra' (Buddhist Pilgrimage) by depicting the master pieces on Indian art and artifacts discovered from the numerous archaeological sites in India.

The idea of pilgrimage came from the Shakyamuni Buddha himself. Before he attained Mahaparinirvana, the Buddha advised pious disciples to visit four places that would inspire them in Dharma activities, after he was gone. They are Lumbini, where he was born; Bodhgaya, where he attained Supreme Enlightenment; Deer Park in Sarnath, where he preached the First Sermon; and Kusinara, where he attained Mahaparinirvana. The pious disciple should visit these places and look upon them with feelings of reverence, reflecting on the particular event of the Buddha's life connected with each place. Since the Mahaparinirvana of the Buddha, these four shrines of Buddhism have become the focal points for disciples to rally around and seek inspiration. During the time of King Ashoka, four more places, namely: Savatthi (modern Sravasti), Sankasia, Rajagaha (modern Rajgir) and Vaishali, that were closely associated with the Buddha and scenes of his miracles, were added to the pilgrimage itinerary. Together they make the Attha-mahathanani (Eight Great Places of pilgrimage).

Cordial relations between the ancient Pala rulers of India and the Shailendra King of Indonesia, which flourished between 7th to 13th centuries, have been highlighted in the panels from the ancient Nalanda University, world's first university. The Nalanda Copper Plate discovered in Nalanda Mahavihara ruins at Nalanda in 1916 is considered as one of the most important source on early-Indonesian history of the bilateral relations enjoyed by the kings of the Pala and Shailendra dynasties, and of Balaputradeva's devotion towards Buddhism.

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 Inaugurating the Exhibition, the Hon'ble Vice Governor of Bali, I Ketut Sudikerta, highly appreciated the Sahabat India initiative and the efforts to support bilateral tourism exchanges. He stated that sister city relations will be developed with India shortly and hopefully there will be direct flight between India and Indonesia to facilitate enhanced people-to-people connectivity.
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 Ambassador Gurjit Singh emphasized that Buddha brought a special message of peace to the world. He highlighted that the Exhibition shows the close linkages that the Pala dynasty rulers had with Sriwijaya dynasty in Indonesia. Davapala from Pala dynasty donated five villages for building of Buddhist viharas for visiting monks, disciples and students from Indonesia.

The effort through Sahabat India Festival is to deepen our strong cultural relations with Indonesia. Ambassador thanked Agung Rai of ARMA Museum for supporting the Festival of India at his Museum. He thanked Agung Rai for his dedication and passion in nurturing the Balinese art & culture. Earlier, Agung Rai, Founder of ARMA Museum stated that the mutual relations of Hinduism and Buddhism can be seen everywhere in Bali. He stated that creative activity of the Balinese is main attraction of tourism in Bali. He hoped that Buddha's life, depicted in the Exhibition will inspire every visitor. He highly appreciated the Sahabat India – Festival of India and hoped that this celebration all over Indonesia would foster the spirit of brotherhood.

The Exhibition has been conceptualized, prepared and mounted by the Nava Nalanda Mahavihara (NNM). Its Director, Dr. R. Panth, elaborated on the purpose and the artwork as well as panels of the Exhibition. He hoped to present similar Exhibitions highlighting India-Indonesia linkages in other cities also to create more interaction and understanding among people to appreciate strong historical relations and values of two countries.

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 The Director General of Buddhist Community Guidance in the Ministry of Religious Affairs of Indonesia appreciated the initiative of the Government of India to bring the Exhibition to Indonesia. He emphasized that Dhamma Yatra to four important places connected with Buddha's life brings greater happiness and prosperity and enlightenment for devout Buddhist disciples to learn how to love with pure hearts, how to be sincere and above all to have proper and correct understanding of life. Buddha's teachings emphasize how to do good deeds in life and be useful for fellow human beings. The Exhibition would is open to public and would run for next two weeks till 10 March 2015

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