HomeBlogs Muara Takus At Rantau Berangin, 15 kilometers after Bangkinang, the roads splits
and turn left, entering Bukit Barisan range, which borders Riau
province. The road climbs up and reaches the recently finished
hydroelectric dam of Koto Panjang.
Near Muaramahat, some 122 km
west of Pekanbaru off the main road to Bukittinggi, are the ruins of
Muara Takus, an ancient temple complex close to the bank of the river
Kampar Kanan. Standing in a remote area amid Sumatra's tropical forest,
the temple is a mysterious entity. Archeological experts have not yet
been able to confirm when the temple has been built. Short inscriptions
found among the ruins point to a date in the 11th or 12th century.
Other relates the complex to Srivijaya Buddhist Empire, which ruled in
Sumatra in the 8th through 10th century. Some opinions go even back to
the 4th century.
The temple complex is the largest ancient brick
building in Sumatra. The tall temple part, known as Mahligai Temple,
has the unusual shape of a tower, rather than the squat bell-shape
normally associated with Buddhist architecture. Several other
foundations can be seen nearby, like Bungsu Temple, a platform on which
once stood two statue, and Tua Temple, originally the largest structure
of all, with two stairways leading up to yet another temple parts.
temples structure was made of river rocks, sand and bricks circled by a
wall of 74 x 74 m size while at its external part, it is also circled
by soil wall of 1.5 km x 1.5 km size. It is said that the ancient city
was so large that a cat would wander from roof to roof for three months
before reaching the last house.