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The Grandeur of GWK Statue Symbolizing the Protector God of the Universe

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Jakarta, IO – The Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) statue which stands majestically at 122 meters tall in the Ungasan area, is not only a local cultural icon but is also full of significance.

Located at GWK Cultural Park, it took 28 years to build due to the monetary crisis that hit in 1998. It was personally inaugurated by President Joko Widodo on September 22, 2018.

The GWK statue was designed by renowned Balinese sculptor I Nyoman Nuarta. It is made of brass, steel and copper, inspired by the Hindu story about Garuda searching for the elixir of life called Tirta Amerta.

The story tells that Garuda agreed to be ridden by Lord Vishnu in exchange for the right to use the Tirta Amerta potion to free his enslaved mother.

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“Garuda Wisnu Kencana is actually a statue that glorifies God Vishnu and the Garuda Bird who was looking for Tirta Amerta for his mother. Finally, God Vishnu gave Tirta Amerta to the Garuda Bird, in exchange for the Garuda Bird wanting to become God Vishnu’s mount,” GWK Cultural Park operation director Stefanus Yonathan Astayasa.

In Hindu mythology, Lord Vishnu is one of the three main gods known as the Trimurti, rulers of the universe and protector from destruction. Thus, the statue of Vishnu depicts his vital role as the guardian and preserver of the world. (bp)

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