Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Candi Rara Jonggrang or Lara Jonggrang located in Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple complex in Indonesia. This temple is located on the island of Java, approximately 20 km east of Yogyakarta, 40 km west of Surakarta and 120 km south of Semarang, just on the border between Central Java and Yogyakarta Special Region. Candi Rara Jonggrang Prambanan is located in the village whose territory is divided between the districts of Sleman and Klaten.

This temple was built in about the year 850 AD by one of these two, namely: Rakai Pikatan, the second king of Mataram dynasty is I or Balitung Sambu, during the Sanjaya dynasty. Not long after construction, the temple was abandoned and began to corrupt.

* 1 Renovation
* 2006 Earthquakes 2
* 3 Gallery
* 4 References
* 5 See also
* 6 External links

[edit] Renovation

In the year 1733, this temple was found by the CA. Lons a Dutch national, and in the year 1855 Jan Willem IJzerman start cleaning and moving some rocks and soil from the chambers of the temple. few moments later Isaac Groneman doing large-scale demolition and temple stones are piled haphazardly along the River Opak. In the year 1902-1903, Theodoor van Erp maintain a vulnerable section collapsed. In the years 1918-1926, followed by the Bureau of Antiquities (Oudheidkundige Dienst) under PJ Perquin in a more methodical and systematic, as known to his predecessors did removal and demolition of thousands of rock without thinking of the restoration efforts continue kembali.Pada year De Haan 1926 until his death in 1930. In the year 1931 was replaced by Ir. V.R. Van Remondt until the year 1942 and later handed over leadership of the renovation was to the son of Indonesia and it continued until the year 1993 [1].

Many parts of the renovated temple, using new stones, because the original stones were stolen many or reused elsewhere. A temple would be restored only if at least 75% of the original stone is still there. Therefore, many small temples are not rebuilt and it just seemed foundations.

Now, this temple is a protected site by UNESCO started in 1991. Among other things this means that the complex is shielded and has a special status, for example also in situations of war.

Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple in Southeast Asia, the main building height is 47m.

This temple complex consists of 8 major temple or temples and more than 250 small temples.

Three main temples called Trisakti and dedicated to the hyang Trimurti: Shiva the Destroyer Batara, Batara Vishnu the Preserver and Batara Brahma, the Creator.

Shiva temple in the middle, contains four rooms, one room in each direction of the wind. While the first contains a statue of Shiva Batara ten feet, the other three statues contain a smaller size, the statue of Durga, sakti or wife Batara Shiva, Agastya, teacher, and Ganesha, his son.

Durga is also known as Rara or Lara / Loro Jongrang (slender virgin) by the local population. For more details see the article Jonggrang East.

Two other temples dedicated to Vishnu Batara, who faced the north and the other Batara dedicated to Brahma, who is facing to the south. In addition there are several other small temples dedicated to the bull Nandi, Shiva's vehicle Batara, the swan, vehicle Batara Brahma, and the Garuda, Vishnu Batara vehicle.

Then relief around the edge of the temple twenty illustrate the epic Ramayana. The version described here is different from Kakawin Ramayana Javanese, but similar to the Ramayana story is revealed through oral traditions. Besides the temple complex is surrounded by more than 250 temples of varying size and called perwara. In the Prambanan temple complex there is also a museum that keeps history items, including the god Shiva Linga stone, a symbol kesuburun.
[edit] 2006 earthquake

On May 27, 2006 earthquake with the power of 5.9 on the Richter scale (while the United States Geological Survey reported the quake strength at 6.2 on the Richter scale) hit Bantul and surrounding areas. This earthquake caused great damage to many buildings and death in the population there. One of the buildings were badly damaged Prambanan temple complex, especially the Brahma Temple


  1. Prambanan is under renovation now , because there some destruction after Jogja earth quake several years ago

  2. Prambanan Temple in Yogyakarta looks very beautiful. The Ramayana Ballet is performed based on the story inscribed on the walls of this temple. This is noteworthy performance of the Javanese people.