By Priscilla McMullen
The Indo Project logo is a representation of the Indonesian Arjuna Wayang Kulit. The image is placed within Delft frame, representing the Indo connection to the Dutch, and turned to face to the East, the direction of Indonesia. Permission to use the original design of The Indo Project logo was given by Burung and Nellie of Indisch4Ever.
Arjuna, Arjun or Arjunaa (Sanskrit: arjuna)
Arjuna, one of Indonesia’s favorite wayang kulit characters, is the famous Pandawa warrior-lover who is also the essence of the Javanese concept of nobility. Indeed, the Javanese kings sought to enhance their legitimacy by claiming direct descent from Arjuna, and through him back to the Gods of Hinduism.
Arjuna in Hinduism
- He is one of the heroes of the Hindu epic Mahābhārata.
- Arjuna whose name means ‘bright’, ‘shining’, ‘white’ or ‘silver’ (cf. Latin argentum), was such a peerless archer that he is often referred to as Jishnu – the undefeatable.
- The third of the five Pandava brothers, Arjuna was one of the children borne by Kunti, the first wife of Pandu.
- Arjuna is considered to be an incarnation of Nara, the younger brother of Narayana.
- He is sometimes referred to as the ‘fourth Krishna’ of the Mahabharata.
- One of his most important roles was as the dear friend and brother-in-law of Lord Krishna, from whom he heard the Bhagavad Gita