Prambanan Temple

By | April 12, 2018

Prambanan as The Biggest Hindu Temple In Yogyakarta

Prambanan Temple is one of the famous temple complex in Indonesia. UNESCO designated it as a world heritage site in 1991. Unlike the Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple is the biggest Hindu temple complex and the most beautiful temple in South East Asia. Nevertheless, the location in Central Java also proves that the Buddhist and Hindu Dynasty live side by side in harmony. Both of these great temples also became evidence of the progress of human civilization at that time. Because they were able to build temples with extraordinary architectural art without the help of advanced technology.


Based on the research, Prambanan temple was built in the 9th century during Sanjaya Dynasty under the leaderships of Rakai Pikatan. According to the Shivagrha Inscription, there is information that this place built in honor of Lord Shiva as the supreme deity. The researchers said, shortly after it was built, Prambanan Temple was not well maintained. While the building received so much damaged.  Moreover, the local people have a story of the temple because they do not know the true history of it, about the king and the kingdom who built it. As a result, they created a local folktales to explain the origin of the temple. Its name is The Story of Roro Jonggrang.

Temples in Prambanan Area

This temple is an offering to Lord Shiva who in Hinduism is known as the Destructive God. According to the Siwaghra inscription currently stored in the National Museum of Indonesia, the original name of this temple complex is Siwaghra. It comes from Sanskrit, which means the House of Shiva. Therefore, the main temple in this complex is Lord Shiva temple which has a height of 47 meters. The main temple is flanked by two temples of Lord Vishnu temple and temple of God Brahma, each has 33 meters tall.

Hindus call these three temples as the Trimurti Temple. Inside the Trimurti Temple, there are statues of each god. In front of the three temple god there are three Candi Wahana which represents the vehicle of each god. Wahana Nandi to Lord Shiva, Garuda to Lord Vishnu and Swan for Brahma. There are so many small temples and shrines surround. The total temple in the Prambanan area is 240 temples.

The Nearby Places of Interest

Strategically, the location of Prambanan Temple is in Yogyakarta. There are so many places that you should not miss such as Borobudur Temple, Malioboro Street, Mendut Temple, Yogyakarta City, Kotagede Silversmith and Sultan Palace. You may go to Prambanan Temple by public transportation or joining Yogyakarta Borobudur Tour Package for more comfortable tour.


Public Facilities in Prambanan Temple


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  • Archaeological Museum as well as Audio Visual
  • Train
  • Information Center
  • Entertainment Center
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Restaurant
  • Souvenir Shops
  • Parking Area
  • 6 Fields/yards for recreation
  • Food Stalls
  • Drink Stalls