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Prambanan

Prambanan

Built in the 9th century, Prambanan is a hinduist temple in Central Java, located 16 km east from the city of Yogyakarta. This temple was built during the reigns of two kings named Rakai Pikatan and Rakai Balitung.


The temple is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia and UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its history and impressive ancient architecture with the main building towering up to 47 meters, surrounded by smaller temples.  This temple stands majestically as proof of the Hindu triumph on the land of Java back then.

 


Like any other historical sites, Prambanan Temple is also highly associated to a legend that has been kept alive, as told and passed through generations. The story tells about a man named Badung Bondowoso who loved princess named Roro Jonggrang. A classic love story it was not. In the story, Roro Jonggrang had no intention of accepting the man’s love and therefore asked him to build her a temple with 1,000 statues in one night. If he could make it, she’d promise to accept him as her lover.

 


Somehow Badung Bondowoso almost succeeded to fulfill the quest. And as Roro Jonggrang saw that she was potentially to say yes after all, she instructed all the local villagers to set a fire to make it look like the sun has risen. 999 statues were finished as Badung Bondowoso realized that he was cheated and betrayed by the princess. He got furious and cursed the princess herself to turn into the 1000th statue, which based on this legend is the statue found in the temple in the shape of Durga.

 


Prambanan is dedicated to the Trimurti, the three main gods in Hinduism, manifested of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Sustainer (Vishnu) and the Destroyer.

 


Aside from the impressive statues and temples, this temple compound also has a nice garden where you can simply chill and relax after exploring the historical site.

 

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