is the most famous and also the most magnificent of Central Java's
temples or more precisely complex of temples. Situated about 15
kilometers from Yogyakarta, the top of the main shrine is visible
from a great distance and rises high above the scattered ruins of
the former temples. Prambanan is the masterpiece of Hindu culture
of the tenth century. The slim building soaring up to 47 meters
makes its beautiful architecture incomparable. Seventeen kilometers
east of Yogyakarta, King Balitung Maha Sambu built the Prambanan
temple in the middle of the ninth century. Its parapets are adorned
with bas-reliefs depicting the famous Ramayana story. This magnificent
Shivaite temple derives it name from the village where it is located.
Prambanan Temple is locally known as the Roro Jonggrang
Temple, or the Temple of the "Slender Virgin", it is the
biggest and most beautiful Hindu temple in Indonesia. The temple
complex of Prambanan lies among green fields and villages. It has
eight shrines, of which the three main ones are dedicated to Shiva,
Vishnu and Brahma. The main temple of Shiva rises to a height of
130 feet and houses the magnificent statue of Shiva's consort, Durga.
There are 224 temples in the complex; three of them, the main temples
are Brahma Temple in the north, Vishnu Temple in the south, and
the biggest among the three which lies between Brahma and Vishnu
temples is Shiva Temple (47 meters high).
Two theatres have provided the temple. Enjoy sunrise
behind the glory of Prambanan Temple. Visitors should be at the
location - in the area of The Open Air Theater and archaeological
park of the temple - before sunrise at about 5:00 o'clock in the
morning. The First open-air theatre was built on the southern side
of the temple in 1960 and the second was built on the western side
of the temple in 1988. During full moon evenings in the month from
May to October, the Ramayana ballet is performed right here. Perhaps
one of the most majestic temples in the South-East Asia, Prambanan
attracts many admirers each year from abroad.
Prambanan Temple Website