In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken.
For me, the word “broken” is about abandonment, decayed, and forgotten things, things that used to be vital in our history and culture but today no one seems to remember about them.
I’ve seen many broken statues before but this one’s condition is very bad. It’s covered by moss, all over it, and I think it’s decaying fast. The upper body is missing, too. It holds something, probably a gada, and from its pose, I think this is a Dwarapala statue. Or maybe it’s Bima, because I found this one next to a Vishnu statue.
This picture was taken in Punden Masayu Sinto Mataram, exactly in front of Batu City’s Heroes Memorial Park, Batu, East Java. A city which is famous with its amusement parks, a secret zoo, and the largest animal museum in Indonesia.
But no one knows this place, even when it’s right in front of them. How ironic. I will discuss this deeper in my post about Punden Masayu Sinto Mataram. For today, let’s just share the picture, as well as the reality.