Prambanan Temple – Greatest Hindu Temple in Indonesia
Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia, and it is regarded as the most beautiful temple in Southeast Asia. This temple listed among UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Prambanan Temple located at famous cultural city in Indonesia: Yogyakarta (17km apart)
Prambanan is extraordinarily beautiful building built in the 10th century during the reign of two kings, and Rakai Pikatan and Rakai Balitung. PrambananTemple has three main temples in the main yard, namely Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva. The third temple is the epitome of Trimurti in Hinduism beliefs. All third temple facing east.
Prambanan temple dedicated to Trimurti, the three main Hindu gods (Brahma as the creator god, Vishnu as the preservation god, and Shiva as god of destruction. Based on the Siwagrha inscriptions original name of this temple complex is Siwagrha (Sanskrit language that means ‘house of Shiva’), and indeed in garbagriha (main hall) of the temple sits a statue of Shiva three meters high which shows that in this temple Lord Shiva are preferred.
Entering the Shiva temple (the highest building located in the middle of prambanan temple), you will find 4 rooms. One main room contains a statue of god Shiva, while Other 3 rooms each containing a statue of Durga (Shiva’s wife), Agastya (Shiva’s teacher), and Ganesha (son of Shiva).
Prambanan is closely related to the legend of Jonggrang. Jonggrang legend is very popular among the Java community in Indonesia. There was a young man named Bandung Bondowoso who likes a woman named Jonggrang, But because she did not like the young man, Jonggrang was challenge Bondowoso to make 1000 temples in a single day (before sunrise) with the intention that the young man to give up. However, Bondowoso accepted the challenge of Jonggrang and almost successfully completed the 999th temple with the help of genies. When he almost finishing built the 1,000th temples quietly Jonggrang asked local farmers to pound rice and burn it to make it look like morning. Feeling cheated, Bondowoso was curse Jonggrang until it became a statue and completed the mission to built 1000 temples.
Prambanan is one of the most famous tourist spots in Indonesia, millions of tourists come there every year, usually held great cultural festival every 4 semester. Go visit prambanan temple in Yogyakarta if you are on vacation to Indonesia.
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