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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Prambanan Temple Complex: A Closer Look at the World's Most Beautiful Hindu Temple


The Hindu Prambanan Temple Complex is an impressive archaeological monument in Central Java. Because of its extraordinary architecture, this was declared as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

When I first saw Prambanan (despite the feeling of information and sensory overload from Borobodur), I knew I would be enjoying taking pictures of it. To be honest, I was impressed by the structure of Prambanan more than Borobodur. Its grand quality reminded of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. It had that commanding presence that was tangible even from the park before entering the whole compound. What I liked about about Prambanan was how it took me by surprise. People would expect me to research before going to a certain place but more often than not, I play it by ear. I seriously had no idea Prambanan existed. When I found out it did, I was blown away.

Prambanan was built in the 10th century and it was the largest temple complex dedicated to the Shiva (or Siva). In the whole complex, the one made for Siva is the largest and it towers dramatically over the others. The other temples were built to honour the great hindi gods (Vishnu and Brahma) and the animals who serve them (Nandi the bull for Shiva, Hamsa the sacred swan for Brahma and the Eagle Garuda for Vishnu).
Before the major earthquake the struck Central Java, Prambanan looked like this. Imagine all the work given to build this whole place.
Photo from www.borobodurpark.com
Here are some of the other pictures of Prambanan.




Nandi the Bull for Shiva.


Monks gladly posing with me.

Prambanan from a distance.

After scaling Prambanan, I was glad that I included Central Java as a sidetrip from Bali. Now I know why they say that Prambanan is the most beautiful Hindi temple in the world.

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