Modi, Widodo visit Arjuna Chariot statue

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 May 2018 09:21:18



PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday visited the Arjuna Wijaya Chariot statue, one of the iconic monuments in the heart of the Indonesian capital Jakarta, during his first official visit to Indonesia.

Prime Minister Modi was accompanied by Indonesia President Joko Widodo during his visit to the ‘Arjuna Wijaya Chariot’ (chariot of the victorious Arjuna) statue.

“Located in Central Jakarta, the Arjuna Wijaya Chariot statue is a vibrant testimony of the deep-rooted cultural relations between India and Indonesia. Delighted to have visited the statue,” Modi tweeted.

“A manifestation of our age-old cultural ties! PM @narendramodi and Indonesian President @jokowi at Arjuna Wijaya Chariot statue in the heart of the city,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted with a picture of the two leaders shaking hands.
The imposing monument depicts a scene from the Indian epic Mahabharata where Lord Krishna is riding a chariot with Arjuna holding a bow and arrow and the chariot is being pulled by eight golloping horses.

The horses as per Javenese tradition symbolise eight philosophies of leadership called Asta Brata, namely, Kisma (Earth), Surya (Sun), Agni (fire), Kartika (stars), Baruna (ocean), Samirana (wind), Tirta (rain) and Candra (month).
uilt in 1987, the statue, standing just next to Monas which is the National Monument of Indonesia, is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Jakarta, especially among visitors coming from India.

It is a testimony to the deep civilisational link with India and cultural reach and influence of Mahabharata in Indonesia.