Exploring Indonesia’s Ancient Prambanan Temple
The trip to Indonesia was carefully thought and planned for months. Our topmost priority was to explore the ancients and widely known temples in Indonesia and one of it was the Prambanan. There has been always something on those temples that heightens my curiosity about history.
Our first day in Yogyakarta did not start right but we were still able to end it with a delightful evening with the memories of our Prambanan journey. I indicated before on this blog that we planned to spend our first day exploring the Borubudur temple. The reason for prioritizing Borobudur was to set the next day in Prambanan and to watch the Ramayana Ballet afterwards, which would be only played on that particular day. Unfortunately, we were compelled to move our schedule by visiting Prambanan over Borubudur because of time constraint.
It took us about 40 minutes to reach the Prambanan temple from the Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta through a Grab Taxi. Thankfully, there was no traffic jam while going to the temple. We dropped off at Prambanan and purchased the combo ticket for Candi Prambanan and Candi Borobudur.
From where we stood, the ambience opened to us a wide and greenery park that surrounded the majestic Hindu temples. I felt like I would like us to spend some time sitting on the grass while savoring the calm atmosphere if only we still had the luxury of time.
After snapping few selfies, we continued our leisure walk toward the Prambanan temples along with fellow tourists and locals. The sight was something to behold that it get rid of our sleepiness. Picture perfect or instagrammable as what the millennials call it.
Just to share some facts, the Prambanan temple which was built in the middle of the 9th century was the largest temple dedicated to Shiva and was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Moreover, it is also called as one of the biggest Hindu temple in Southeast Asia. The said temple is dedicated to the Trimurti: Brahma (the Creator), Vishnu (the Preserver), and Shiva (the Destroyer).
Prambanan temple is also known also as Candi Rara Jonggrang. The biggest temple among them all is in staggering 47 meter high dedicated to Shiva (the destroyer). Its tall and pointed architecture which was typical of a Hindu temple was impressive. I am not a Hindu but I have a great interest in Hinduism. This all started when I studied Indian literature when I was in college. I came to know more about different gods in Hinduism such as Rama and Sita, Krishna and the other Indian characters through the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata and Ramayana.
Every steps and in every turns, there would be always something which we could consider amazing on each delicate details of the temples. Everything was carefully crafted from the entrance to the bas reliefs carved on the inner walls of the balustrades.
It was truly a masterpiece of the sacred Hindu architecture. I guess it was even more breathtaking when it was not yet ruined by earthquakes. According to the historians, there were originally 240 temples, but some of it were destroyed by massive earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Steven and I left Prambanan at 5:00 in the afternoon. The Ramayana ballet which we wanted to witness was something we did not tick off from the things we would like to do while in Indonesia. Maybe someday, we can watch it in another country.
The Prambanan temple looks surreal. Never in my life, I thought of that one day I would be seeing this fascinating temple. It was a great experience to explore it and we were absolutely blown away by such a great artistry.
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