In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Face.
There is a face of a statue that represents beauty and fertility. I took this photo in Petirtaan Belahan, a place where Airlangga, the first king who conquered East Java in early 11th century, worshipped as Vishnu. This statue itself depicts Dewi Sri, one of Vishnu’s shaktis. Javanese (and Balinese) people know this goddess as the goddess of rice and paddy field.
As long as I could remember, this statue, as well as the patirthaan, was built in the middle of 11th century–somewhere between 1040 and 1050, the year of Airlangga’s death. Airlangga’s statue was here, too–as Garuda Wisnu Kencana, or Vishnu who rides Garuda, but the statue isn’t in this patirtaan anymore–it is stored in Trowulan Museum in Mojokerto. Only the statue of Sri and Laksmi–the latter one has water pouring from her breasts–left in the Candi Sumber Tetek. The name “Sumber Tetek” derived from the pouring water–you should come and see by yourself :)).
Dewi Sri is pretty, isn’t it? With her closed eyes and mysterious smile, this is one beautiful statue left by Airlangga’s reign.
Come and visit the place!