Prambanan Temple,  Indonesia

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Prambanan Temple

 

Just 20 minutes from Yogyakarta City, the Prambanan temple is the most beautiful and biggest Hindu temple in the country. A spectacular Shivaite temple, the Prambanan Temple gets its name from the village on which it is located. Locals call it the Loro Jongrang Temple, or more romantically, as the “Temple of the Slender Virgin".

The Prambanan Temple has the reputation of being Indonesia’s most beautiful and biggest Hindu temple. Just 17 km east of Yogyakarta City on the island of Java, the temple is reputed to have been ordered in the middle of the 9th century by King Balitung Maha Sambu.

Its ramparts are decorated with a bas-relief sculpture showcasing the immortal epic story of the Ramayana. The temple contains 8 shrines, the three main ones of which are dedicated to Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, the visual manifestations of God in Hinduism. Shiva’s main temple rises to a height

of over a hundred feet and contains the spectacular statue of Durga, the consort of Shiva.

Prambanan Temple is actually a network of temples or shrines. The largest one is the one in honor of Shiva, the destroyer. Two smaller temples on each side of Shiva’s temple are the ones dedicated to the other manifestations of Hindu gods, Brahma (the creator), and Vishnu (the preserver).