Friday, October 1, 2021

The Biggest Exotic Prambanan Hindu Temple in Southeast Asia



Temples and Yogyakarta are like a couple that cannot be separated by anything, the many temples in Yogyakarta are proof that Yogyakarta is rich in history and culture from the past until now. Prambanan Temple which is very famous is a Hindu temple. This temple is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia and even in Southeast Asia.

Prambanan Temple or Roro Jonggrang Temple is the largest Hindu temple complex in Indonesia which was built in the 9th century AD. This temple is dedicated to Trimurti, the three main Hindu gods, namely Brahma as the creator god, Vishnu as the guardian god, and Shiva as the destroyer god. Based on the Siwagrha inscription, the original name of this temple complex is Siwagrha (Sanskrit which means 'House of Shiva'), and indeed in the garbagriha (main room) this temple resides a three-meter-high statue of Shiva Mahadewa which shows that in this temple Lord Shiva is preferred.

The charm that is owned seems to never fade, it is even more crowded in demand by tourists visiting Yogyakarta. Prambanan Temple has a height of 47 meters or 5 meters higher than the Borobudur temple. Located in the east of Yogyakarta, the Prambanan Temple is actually located between 2 areas, namely Yogyakarta and Central Java.

For visitors who want to know more about Prambanan temples, they can enter the museum building near the temple complex. In the museum, visitors can watch an audio-visual display that presents the history of the discovery of the temple. In addition to the museum, there is also a playground for children and a mini train to take visitors around the temple complex. Accommodation around the temple complex is also complete. Inns, restaurants, and gift shops are lined up waiting to be visited.

The architecture of the Prambanan temple is guided by the Hindu architectural tradition based on the Wastu Sastra/Silpastra Book. The temple plan follows the mandala pattern, while the towering shape of the temple is a hallmark of Hindu temples. Prambanan has the original name Siwagrha and is designed to resemble Shiva's house, which follows the shape of the holy mountain Mahameru, where the gods reside. All parts of the temple complex follow the model of the universe according to the concept of Hindu cosmology, which is divided into several layers of realms, realms or Loka.

Behind the legendary historical story, Prambanan Temple holds extraordinary beauty and splendor that is not inferior to other bigger ones. The beauty of Prambanan Temple is able to attract domestic and foreign tourists, especially during the holiday season, Prambanan Temple seems to be a mandatory destination if you are traveling in Jogja. There is a show that is no less popular, namely the Ramayana Ballet or Ramayana Ballet, this show takes the storyline from the reliefs in Prambanan Temple which tell the story of the Ramayana. The show is open to the public every night and has a specific schedule.

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