Prambanan is the ninth century Hindu temple compound in Central Java, Indonesia, dedicated to Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Sustainer (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva). The temple compound located approximately 18 km east of Yogyakarta city on the boundary between Yogyakarta and Central Java province.
The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, currently is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia, and is one of the largest Hindu temples in south-east Asia. It is characterised by its tall and pointed architecture, typical of Hindu temple architecture, and by the towering 47m high central building inside a large complex of individual temples.
Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple of ancient Java, and the construction of this royal temple was probably started by Rakai Pikatan as the Hindu Sanjayas answer to the Buddhist Sailendra’s Borobudur and Sewu temples nearby. The construction of Prambanan probably was meant to marked the return of Sanjaya dynasty to power after almost a century fell under Sailendra domination on Central Java.
A temple was first built at the site around 850 CE by either Rakai Pikatan or Balitung Maha Sambu the Sanjaya king of the Mataram Kingdom. According to Shivagrha inscription that wrote chandrasengkala ”Wwalung gunung sang wiku” (778 Saka/856 M), the temple was built to honor lord Shiva and the original name of the temple is Shiva-grha (the house of Shiva).Indeed, some archaeologists propose that the idol of Shiva in the garbhagriha (central chamber) of the main temple is modeled after King Balitung, serving as a depiction of his deified self after death.
There is so many history going here on Prambanan Temple. I went there on a cloudy afternoon. Lucky me! I didn’t get any sunburn here unlike my trip to Borobudur. Since this Prambanan, you’ll get something magical feeling to see such a beautiful temple. The sky is still blue even though it’s cloudy. As mention above now is a-must-visit tourist attraction when you visit Yogyakarta then automatically you go to Prambanan Temple. First things first bring your camera with you and click click click click! after clicking you stop and feel the air of prambanan temple. It’s Magical :D