Prambanan Temple, Indonesia

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Temple Address
Jl. Raya Solo - Yogyakarta No.16, Kranggan, Bokoharjo, Kec. Prambanan, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55571
Temple overview

Prambanan temple is an extraordinarily beautiful temple complex founded during the reigns of Indonesia’s two kings, Rakai Pikatan and Rakai Belitung, in the tenth century. The construction of this temple has fulfilled the founder’s desire to show Hindu victory in Java Island, rising to a height of 47 meters (5 meters higher than Borobudur temple). This temple is situated 17 kilometers from the center of the city, in an area that now serves as a beautiful park.

Prambanan Temple

Temple History

There’s a legend about this temple that Javanese people still tell. As the story tells, Roro Jonggrang loved a man named Bandung Bondowoso. Jonggrang asked Bondowoso to transform her into a temple with 1,000 statues in one-night time only to deny his affection. As Jonggrang asked the villagers to pound rice and set afire to look like morning was broken, the demand was almost fulfilled. Feeling cheated, Jonggrang was cursed by Bondowoso, who only completed 999 statues, as the thousandth statue.

The architecture of Prambanan Temple

You will find four rooms entering the Shiva temple, the highest temple in the middle temple complex. One main room contains the statue of Shiva, while the other three rooms have the statues of Durga (wife of Shiva), Agastya (teacher of Shiva), and Ganesha (son of Shiva). The statue of Durga Devi is said to be the statue of Roro Jonggrang in the legend mentioned above.

In the Vishnu temple, north of the Shiva temple, there is only one room with a statue of Vishnu. In the temple of Brahma, to the south of the temple of Shiva, there is only one room with the statue of Brahma.

Prambanan Temple

The temple of Garuda, which is situated near the temple of Vishnu, is quite beautiful. This temple contains a legend about Garuda, the half-bird human being. Throughout Hindu mythology, Garuda is a sacred bird called Lord Vishnu’s Vahana. The figure is of an eagle-like golden head, white face, red wings, beak, and tail. The character is believed to be the Hindu version of Bennu (means’ rising’ or’ shines’) associated with the god of the Sun or Re in the mythology of Old Egypt and Phoenix in the mythology of Ancient Greek. By stealing Tirta Amerta (the holy water of the gods), Garuda succeeded in saving his mother from the curse of Aruna (Garuda’s disabled brother).

The desire to save her mother has made it respected by many people to this day and is used for different purposes. Indonesia is using the bird as the country’s symbol. Thailand is another country that uses the same emblem, with the same purpose but different shapes and appearances. Garuda is known in Thailand as Krut or Pha Krut.

Prambanan Temple

Temple Timings
Monday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sunday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Temple Timing
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