Touring around the Temple of the King

…when the bell began to ring

it meant the time had come for the one to go to the temple of the king…

~Rainbow-Temple of the King

Prambanan Temple

While most girls (and guys, too, perhaps) of my age spend many of their time wandering around malls or shopping centers, I prefer to spend my time touring around ancient temples. I have been fond of temples; part for their beauty, part for the history they keep during centuries. Fortunately, Yogyakarta (and the surrounding) is a land which once in the past had been the center of the Hindu-Buddhist settlements, particularly around the 9th century.

So I took a time to go to several temples. After visiting Prambanan—one of the largest Hindu temple compound in Southeast Asia—and the Buddhist temple Borobudur which once was listed in the 7 Wonders of the World, I continued by visiting three other temples—Sari, Barong, and Sambisari.

Prambanan Temple
Borobudur Temple
Borobudur Temple

Sari Temple is located in Kalasan Village, near the renowned Prambanan Temple. It is a Buddhist temple built around the 8th to the 9th century. It is said that Sari Temple is an ancient Buddhist monastery, which in the past was used by the Buddhist monks to meditate and study.

Sari Temple
A statue at Sari Temple

Barong Temple is located in Sambirejo Village, near the clusters of Ratu Boko Temple. The temple is built on a hill named Batur Agung around the 9th to the 10th century. Barong Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Barong Temple
Barong Temple
Barong Temple

Sambisari Temple, located in Purwomartani Village, is a Hindu temple built around the 9th century. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, which was revealed by an epigraph read “Om Shiva Stana” which means Hail to the House/Worship Place of Lord Shiva.

Sambisari Temple
The stairs to the entrance at Sambisari Temple
The statue of Goddess Durga at Sambisari Temple
The statue of Ganesh at Sambisari Temple
The figur of “Makara” (mythological creature in Hinduism) at the entrance stair of Sambisari Temple

Temples are always enchanting. I hope to visit other more temples, to take pictures of them, and to learn more on their history.


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