(Wednesday Reflection) : CIARUTEUN INSCRIPTION JOURNEY


Ciaruteun is one of rivers which began in Bogor (or Buitenzorg), West Java and ended in Cisadane river that flows into Java Sea through Bogor and Tangerang. This inscription is a mark of Tarumanagara kingdom’s existence in the early Middle Ages (started approximately from the 4th-7th centuries). It covered most part of West Java, Banten until western part of Central Java. Several artifacts have already been discovered from Banten to Karawang. Some are inscriptions, others are temples or skeletons. One of the famous Tarumanagara kings were King Purnawarman who throned from 395-434 CE.

Initially, the Ciaruteun inscription was located on the river, but in 1981, it has already been moved 200 metres from its original location as there’re many vandalisms on the historical stone and its difficult access as its location. Its replicas can be seen in National Museum, Jakarta and Bandung. But I wanted to see the original one till I had to travel around 90 km from Jakarta. The inscription was written in Pallava and the language was Sanskrit. It has got a pair of footprint which described about Purnawarman power as if God Vishnu. It was written as the following :

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vikkrantasyavanipat eh
srimatah purnnavarmmanah
tarumanagarendrasya
visnoriva padadvayam

Translation :

These are the footprints which as if God Vishnu, there are The King Purnawarman’s footprints, King of Tarumanegara, the world’s brave king.

This is part of my journey during last month. I love visiting historical places and if so, I wanna do it again more and more in the future.

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Me and Pak Atma, the caretaker

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In front of the site

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Mabel Kwong says:

    Brilliant pieces of history. Looks like it was worth the travel. The artefacts still look very good, and you took photos of them! I see you are weawring a big, big jacket…now it can’t be that cold in Indonesia…

    1. Ryan says:

      In some places it is cold Mabel.

    2. Mabel, for us it’s quite cold. But as it’s noon, I didn’t want to take off my jacket then though the climate was hotter. Hehehehe.

      1. Mabel Kwong says:

        Hahaha, Nono. You really want to stay warm and not get sick. Very wise when you’re on holiday.

      2. Hehehehehe….tomorrow, I’ll go to Bogor again Mabel.

  2. Ryan says:

    90 km from Jakarta. Hmmm. Where is it exactly.

  3. AmeL says:

    duluu pas smp pernah ke ciaruteun.. udah lupa jalan masuknya kesana..kayaknya jauh banget dr smp saya yg di tengah kota bogor..

  4. winnymarch says:

    im curious about this place

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