Prambanan - Indonesia's Spectacular Hindu Temple Complex

by Aradhana Anand


Posted on 27th Apr, 2015


Candi Prambanan
Photo Credit - Nedim Chaabene(cc)

Candi Prambanan, also known as Loro Jonggrang/Rara Jonggrang, is a 9th century Hindu temple complex dedicated to the Trimurti near Yogyakarta, the cultural capital of Java, Indonesia. Trimurti, a Sanskrit word meaning three forms, conveys the concept of creation, maintenance and destruction personified by the Hindu trinity of Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer.

Candi Prambanan

Candi Prambanan, a UNESCO World Heritage site is the largest Hindu temple compound in Indonesia and part of the Prambanan Temple compounds.

The Prambanan Temple compounds are composed of the Prambanan Temple, Sewu Temple, Bubrah Temple and Lumbung Temple. The Prambanan Temple itself originally consisted of 240 temples, including 3 main temples each dedicated to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and 3 temples dedicated to the animals that served the them, Nandi, Garuda and Hamsa.

Candi Prambanan
Photo Credit - Saiman Pics

The Shiva Temple is the largest and tallest structure in the complex with the temple dedicated to Vishnu standing to the north and the Brahma Temple to the south. Moreover, the Shiva Temple is also the largest dedicated to Shiva made in Indonesia.

The Prambanan temple complex is easily accessible from Yogyakarta, where I based myself for a few days to visit the magnificent Borobudur [read here] and explore the culturally diverse city of Yogyakarta.

The temples are built like most Hindu temples, and the complex is particularly grandiose against a setting sun.

Candi Prambanan Walls

Narrative bas-reliefs adorn the temple walls

Prambanan Temple Central Compound
The central compound is the holiest and comprises of 8 main shrines or Candi

Prambanan Shiva Temple
The Shiva Temple

Prambanan Shiva Temple
The Shiva Temple

Candi Prambanan Temples
Candi Prambanan Temple
Prambanan Temple Walls
Prambanan Temple
Prambanan Temple
Prambanan Temple
Prambanan Temple
Prambanan Temple
Prambanan Temple
Prambanan Temple
Prambanan Temple
The Shiva Temple was quite magnificent

Prambanan Temple
Prambanan Temple
Prambanan Temple
Prambanan Temple

Note:My 5 day Java itinerary with 1 night in Cemoro Lawang and 3 in Yogyakarta

Singapore -> Surabaya -> Cemoro Lawang [Mount Bromo] -> Probolinggo -> Yogyakarta [Borobudur + Prambanan] -> Singapore

Day #1: Surabaya + Cemoro Lawang

Day #2: Mount Bromo + Probolinggo | overnight bus from Probolinggo to Yogyakarta

Day #3: Yogyakarta City

Day #4: Yogyakarta City + Prambanan Temple complex

Day #5: Borodubur + the Ramayan ballet at the Prambanan Temples

Day #6: Morning flight out of Yogyakarta back to Singapore

(Local buses used throughout with the exception of the journey from Surabaya Airport to Cemoro Lawang)











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About the Author: Aradhana Anand

Aradhana Anand

After running for over a decade on the corporate hamster wheel, I quit my job late last year to take some time off and move back home from Singapore, albeit temporarily. I have done a fair bit of travel over the years, however with work predominantly dictating time. I now have the freedom to wander without being time-bound, document and explore. You can follow my other blogs here.

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Candi Prambanan, Indonesia, Hindu Temples, Trimurti Temples