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About Prambanan Temple

The grand sculpted building located in the South East Asia is a large temple complex dedicated to the masters of Hindu Mythology, Lord Shiva, Lord VishnuVishnuVishnu
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and Lord BrahmaBrahmaBrahma
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, built by the Mataram Kingdom, rulers of Central Java and defeaters of the Sailendra Dynasty. It is regarded as the masterpiece of Hindu culture of the tenth century with a soaring slim building of 47 m high forming a magnificent spectacle of Indonesia’s cultural heritage recognized by UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 

Historical Significance
According to the legend, Rakai Pikatan, the Hindu Prince of Sanjaya Dynasty, got married into the Sailendra Dynasty, and therefore, built many temples in the Prambanan Archaeological Park in the 8th Century AD. In it’s original forms, there were many such temples constructed which were on the lines of Perwara. These temples were then; expanded by the successors of the Mataram Kingdom but the

Prambanan Temple remained a significant icon and the masterpiece because all the major rituals and sacrifices were made here. Though, after some time the Mataram Kings shifted to the Central Java in the 10th Century and the land was abandoned in the 16th Century due to adverse earthquake.
 

Also, there is another legend that follows the beautiful but unrequited love story of  Roro Jongrangg and Bandung Bondowoso. It is believed that the former detested the latter because he killed her father and therefore cheated on him, which compelled Bondowoso to built a slender virgin statue of the pretty woman.
 

The Deity
Prambanan temple has three main temples in the primary yard, namely Vishnu, Brahma, and ShivaShivaShiva
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temples. Those three temples are symbols of Trimurti in Hindu belief. All of them face to the east. Each main temple has accompanying temple facing to the west, namely Nandini for Shiva, Angsa for Brahma, and GarudaGarudaGaruda
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for Vishnu. Besides, there are 2 flank temples, 4 kelir temples and 4 corner temples. In the second area, there are 224 temples.
 

There are three main rooms in the temple wherein, one room there is a huge stature of Lord Shiva and the other two include statues of Agastya and GaneshaGaneshaGanesha
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and Durga. Here, the Durga statue is said to the one of Roro Jongrangg mentioned above.
 

Architecture
The architecture of Prambanan Temple follows the architecture of Hindu tradition, Vastu Shastra incorporating mandala plan arrangements and the high towering spires.  The temple was originally named as Shivgraha and dedicated to Lord Shiva.  The temple is believed to mimic Meru, the holy mountain, the abode of Lord Shiva and the home of Hindu gods.
 

Location: The Prambanan Temple is a spectacular icon located in the magnificent Indonesia’s cultural heritage.
 

Built In: It is a 9th Century temple compound made by Rakai Piketan, the Hindu Prince of Sanjaya Dynasty.
 

Dedicated to: The Prambanan Temple is dedicated to the supreme souls of Hindu Mythology; Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma.
 

Alternate Name: The temple is also known as Lorojongrangg Temple.

Attraction:  Some of the beautiful places to visit when at Yogyakarta are:
 

  • Taman Sari A type of an Indian dresswater castle: This castle is a huge complex that uses to be a former royal garden of Sultanate of Yogyakarta used for various functions including bathing place.
     
  • Kraton Yogyakarta: All travellers will be accompanied by a local guide who amazingly can speak all kinds of language, and though you may wary of a guide idea, you will definitely find it enjoyable as you listen to myths, rituals, stories and even humour as you go along the palace grounds.
     
  • Borobudur: This 9th century temple is an Indonesia UNESCO Heritage site and one of the largest Buddhist temple in the world, consisting of six square platforms with 2,672 relief panels and 504 BuddhaBuddhaBuddha
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    statues.
     
  • Gudeg: Try an authentic continental Indonesian spicy dish made from young jackfruit with palm sugar, coconut, milk, meat, garlic and spices. Get a taste of the right perfection with slow melding at the longest standing establishment – Gudeg Yu Djum.



 

 



 


 
 

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