The Prambanan

The Prambanan Temple ……… every time we heard that name, people usually bringing into one heritage architectural building, that already known as an ancient building.

The closest course to get to Prambanan temple is from Yogyakarta, you can take route Jalan Adisucipto to Jalan Solo, this site located in Prambanan, Klaten Regency.

The Prambanan temple is the largest Hindu temple of ancient Java, and the first building was completed in the mid-9th century. The Prambanan Plain spans between the southern slopes of Merapi volcano in the north and the Sewu mountain range in the south, near the present border Yogyakarta province and Klaten Regency, Central Java. Apart from the Lara Jonggrang complex, the Prambanan plain, valley and hills around it is the location of some of the earliest Buddhist temples in Indonesia. Not far to the north are found the ruins of Bubrah temple, Lumbung temple, and Sewu temple. Further east is found Plaosan temple. To the west are found Kalasan temple and Sari temple, and further to the west is Sambisari temple. While to the south the Ratu Boko compound is on higher ground. The discoveries of archaeological sites scattered only a few miles away suggest that this area was an important religious, political, and urban center.

I will post about any other temple in these complex in next post, such as the Ratu Boko compound, or Bubrah temple, or maybe the brexi hill. just wait.

The Prambanan Temple not far from the urban legend about The Rara Jongrang Legend,
The popular legend of Rara Jonggrang is what connects the site of the Ratu Boko Palace, the origin of the Durga statue in the northern cell/chamber of the main shrine, and the origin of the Sewu temple complex nearby. The legend tells the story about Prince Bandung Bondowoso, who fell in love with Princess Rara Jonggrang, the daughter of King Boko. But the princess rejected his proposal of marriage because Bandung Bondowoso had killed King Boko and ruled her kingdom. Bandung Bondowoso insisted on the union, and finally Rara Jonggrang was forced to agree to a union in marriage, but she posed one impossible condition: Bandung must build her a thousand temples in only one night.
The Prince entered into meditation and conjured up a multitude of spirits (demons) from the earth. Helped by supernatural beings, he succeeded in building 999 temples. When the prince was about to complete the condition, the princess woke her palace maids and ordered the women of the village to begin pounding rice and set a fire in the east of the temple, attempting to make the prince and the spirits believe that the sun was about to rise. As the cocks began to crow, fooled by the light and the sounds of daybreak, the supernatural helpers fled back into the ground. The prince was furious about the trick and in revenge he cursed Rara Jonggrang, turning her to stone. She became the last and the most beautiful of the thousand statues. According to the traditions, the unfinished thousandth temple created by the demons become the Sewu temple compounds nearby (Sewu means “thousands” in Javanese), and the Princess is the image of Durga in the north cell of the Shiva temple at Prambanan, which is still known as Rara Jonggrang or Slender Virgin. (quote from wikipedia)

Capture the beauty of this temple with my D300s Nikon, attached with Tokina 11-16 F/2.8 DX lens, because I wanna get panoramic view and need the wonderful wide lens, combine with ND8 doubled with CPL filter. so many spot to capture, because this temple has so many object

This compound consist of:
• 3 Trimurti temples: three main temples dedicated to Shiva, Visnu, and Brahma
• 3 Vahana temples: three temples in front of Trimurti temples dedicated to the vahana of each gods; Nandi, Garuda, and Hamsa
• 2 Apit temples: two temples located between the rows of Trimurti and Vahana temples on north and south side
• 4 Kelir temples: four small shrines located on 4 cardinal directions right beyond the 4 main gates of inner zone
• 4 Patok temples: four small shrines located on 4 corners of inner zone
• 224 Pervara temples: hundreds of temples arranged in 4 concentric square rows; numbers of temples from inner row to outer row are: 44, 52, 60, and 68

Please enjoy my photo’s below, and don’t hesitate to give your opinion.

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