15 Facts About Prambanan


Prambanan is a 9th-century Hindu temple compound in Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer.

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Prambanan temple is the largest Hindu temple of ancient Java, and the first building was completed in the mid-9th century.

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Some historians that adhere to dual dynasty theory; suggest that the construction of Prambanan probably was meant as the Hindu Sanjaya Dynasty's answer to the Buddhist Sailendra Dynasty's Borobudur and Sewu temples nearby.

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Prambanan served as the royal temple of the Kingdom of Mataram, with most of the state's religious ceremonies and sacrifices being conducted there.

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Prambanan is one of the most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia.

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Since then, Prambanan has become one of the major archaeological and cultural tourism attractions in Indonesia.

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Since the reconstruction of the main temples in the 1990s, Prambanan has been reclaimed as an important religious center for Hindu rituals and ceremonies in Java.

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Four years earlier, Prambanan was spared from the 2010 Merapi volcanic ash and eruption since the wind and ashfall were directed westward and affected Borobudur instead.

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The proposed area is located in Prambanan Plain measured 30 square kilometers spanned across Sleman and Klaten Regency, which includes major temples in the area such as Prambanan, Ratu Boko, Kalasan, Sari and Plaosan temples.

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Prambanan compound known as Rara Jonggrang complex, named after the popular legend of Rara Jonggrang.

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Hindu temple complex at Prambanan is based on a square plan that contains a total of three zone yards, each of which is surrounded by four walls pierced by four large gates.

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Architecture of the Prambanan temple follows the typical Hindu architecture traditions based on Vastu Shastra.

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Prambanan was originally named Shivagrha and dedicated to the god Shiva.

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Just like Borobudur, Prambanan recognizes the hierarchy of the temple zones, spanned from the less holy to the holiest realms.

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Prambanan became the last and the most beautiful of the thousand statues.

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