Jakarta: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Wednesday visit Arjuna Wijaya Monument, Indonesia on the first leg of his three-nation tour. Prime Minister Modi will be accompanied by Indonesia President Joko Widodo.
The Prime Minister on Tuesday embarked on his five-day, a three-nation visit to Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia to boost the Act East Policy. The Arjuna Wijaya Monument is one of the iconic monuments in Jakarta. It is just next to Monas, which is the National Monument of Indonesia.
This enormous Monument depicts the scene of Indian epic Mahabharata where Arjuna and Lord Krishna are in a chariot, which is pulled by eight horses symbolizing 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).
The story depicted revolves around Arjuna Wijaya meaning Victory of Arjuna. The monument portrays the strong connection between India and Indonesia through the epic Mahabharata, and its central character Arjuna, which is a household name is Indonesia.
The sculpture of Arjuna Wijaya Monument consists of 8 horses, a royal cart and 2 human figures of Lord Krishna and Arjuna made of polyester-resin with the size of 2.4 x 1 meter. The Monument was commissioned in the year 1987 in the heart of Jakarta.
The Arjuna Wijaya cost around IDR 300 million in 1987 and was removed in early 2014. It was re-opened by Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama on 11 January 2015. Arjuna Wijaya Monument is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Jakarta, particularly for visitors coming emanating from India.
Prime Minister is also scheduled to hold detailed discussions with President Joko Widodo in Jakarta. He will also interact with Chief Executive Officers and the Indian community in Indonesia. Prime Minister Modi will also address the Indian diaspora in Jakarta tomorrow at 4 pm (local time). This is Prime Minister Modi’s first visit to Indonesia.