In Buddhist temples in Japan, the main deity is enshrined in the main hall and other deities are on either side of the main deity. But Chinese temples in Southeast Asia often have a number of altars in their halls. Because of the many altars that have been set up, there is often a lot of clutter in the hall.
Jin De Yuan in Chinatown of Jakarta is no exception, and there are many altars, each with its own deities. All the visitors are praying in front of the altar of their choice. It is interesting to note that the main hall, where the main deity, Kannon, is located, is in a cluttered building with a number of other Buddha statues. But some of them are placed in a place separated by a partition. The main deity is stationed in a large room with other deities, but some deities are in a partitioned room.
The man in this photo was also praying to the deity enshrined in the place that was separated like that. From where I was standing, the wall was blocking me from seeing which deity was enshrined in the space. Anyway, it was difficult to determine what kind of deity was placed even though I looked at the Buddha statue.
Vihara Dharma Bhakti, also known as 金德院 (Mandarin Jīn dé yuàn or Hokkien Kim Tek Ie), is a klenteng (a local term for a Chinese temple) located in the China Town neighborhood of Glodok, Jakarta, Indonesia. Completed in 1650, Vihara Dharma Bhakti is the oldest Chinese temple in Jakarta. The complex of Vihara Dharma Bhakti was erected in 1650 under the order of Luitenant der Chinezen Kwee Hoen. The temple was named Kwan Im Teng in Hokkien or Guānyīn tíng in Mandarin, literally 'Pavilion of Guan Yin', to honor Kwan Im whom the temple is dedicated to. The name Kwan Im Teng is the origin of the word klenteng itself, later becoming a general term in the Indies to refer to any Chinese place of worship.
June 19, 2020
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