Muara Takus, Riau, Sumatra

high-definition creative commons photographs from Muara Takus, in Riau, Sumatra, an medieval Melayu kingdom site, together with further information.

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General Description

Muara Takus is one of the few surviving candis from the long-lasting Melayu kingdom (7th-13th centuries) and is therefore especially valuable, although many of the artefacts found here were subsequently taken to Museums in the west, or sold on the art market in the Netherlands. The site was rediscovered only in 1860 by Cornets de Groot, and his report attracted some attention, while research and excavations continued on and off over the coming century. Only in the 1970s was the site restored to its present condition. It appears to have been built over a long period of time, and the materials vary from sandstone to brick.

The site lies around 125km west of Pekanbaru, in the Riau Province of Sumatra, and near the bank of the Kampar Kanan river. The main area consists of a number of fine candis, mainly platform shape, with a stūpa on top, including the large Candi Tua; Candi Bungsu, similar is shape, but smaller; Candi Mahligai, an elongated stūpa, and a number of smaller structures around the site. The main candi site is enclosed with an earth wall running for around 74 metres square, and the whole seems to have lain within a much large enclosure, running for around 4km. There are some smaller remains outside the main site.

01 Muara Takus Site from North-East

01 Muara Takus Site from North-East

02 View from Northern Entrance

02 View from Northern Entrance

03 Site from South-West

03 Site from South-West

 

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Candi Tua

Candi Tua is the largest structure in the grounds, and like the other main buildings, is a stūpa set on a platform. It has a staircase on the east and west sides, and the platform measures around 27 x 17 metres. It is made of brick, but may have been decorated with sandstone statues, now removed.

04 Candi Tua from North

04 Candi Tua from North

05 Candi Tua from South-West

05 Candi Tua from South-West

06 Candi Tua from North-West

06 Candi Tua from North-West

07 Candi Tua from East, Main Entrance

07 Candi Tua from East, Main Entrance

08 Candi Tua, Western Entrance

08 Candi Tua, Western Entrance

09 Candi Tua showing Brickwork

09 Candi Tua showing Brickwork

Candi Mahligai

This is a 14 metre high brick-built building, with a platform, around 4 metres square, and an elongated Stūpa towering above it. It seems to have still been standing when it was rediscovered. There were originally four standstone lion statues at its base, but these are not seen now.

010 Candis Mahligai and Tua

010 Candis Mahligai and Tua

011 Candis Palangka, Mahligai and Bungsu

011 Candis Palangka, Mahligai and Bungsu

012 Candi Mahligai from North

012 Candi Mahligai from North

013 Candi Mahligai from West

013 Candi Mahligai from West

Candi Bungsu

This candi has two sections, the original, a stepped terrace, in sandstone, measures around 7 metres square, and on the south-east side an extension in brick has been built. It seems there was originally a stūpa on the platform, and it was here that a small gold leaf inscription was found bearing nāgari characters.

014 Candi Bungsu showing Extension

014 Candi Bungsu showing Extension

015 Candi Bungsu with Mahligai in Background

015 Candi Bungsu with Mahligai in Background

016 Candi Bungsu

016 Candi Bungsu

017 Candis Palangka and Mahligai

017 Candis Palangka and Mahligai

018 Candi Palangka from North

018 Candi Palangka from North

Drone Footage of Muara Takus

 

Photographs by Anandajoti Bhikkhu

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