Brief History of Borobudur Temple

Brief History of Borobudur Temple

Brief History of Borobudur Temple

Brief History of Borobudur Temple

      The magnificent Borobudur Temple is inseparable from the greatness of Indonesia in the past. Then how did the Borobudur Temple stand majestically until today? The following is a brief history of the Borobudur Temple. (Also read : History of Sidoarjo Regency)

       A historian believes that Borobudur is a combination of two words, namely Bara and Budur. The word Bara comes from Sanskrit which means Monastery or Temple Complex. While Budur comes from the word Beduhur which means above. The name Borobudur means Monastery on the Hill. Indeed at that time, Borobudur was located on a hill.

       According to historical records, Borobudur Temple was estimated to be built in the 8th century, in which that time the Magelang region was controlled by the Syailendra dynasty led by King Samaratungga. The king ordered to build a temple construction which was then led by an architect named Gunadharma.

       Gunadharma, assisted by Visvawarman a prince of Khasmir who was an expert advisor in the Buddhist teachings of Tantra Vajrayana, designed the Borobudur Temple, which covered hundreds of square meters. From this development, Borobudur could be completed within 50-70 years later. Which was said Gunadharma himself did not see the end result of the construction of the temple. (Also read other article at : Behind Perfection human undercover) read more

Jagatnatha temple Hindus praying place

Jagatnatha temple Hindus praying place

Jagatnatha temple Hindus praying place

      One more recreation place can be an alternative of spending our leisure time or our holidays to visit. It is Jagatnatha temple Hindus praying place in Yogyakarta. This temple is the place of Hindus people to pray.

      The history of Jagatnatha temple began in 1967 when Banguntapan was visited by many Hindu Dharma people. Because of the development of the Hindu people; they formed the Hindu Dharma People Assembly in Banguntapan, Bantul. In 1975 they began to build the Jagatnatha Temple and were succeed to build a worship place and padmasana (a place for the offerings) during that time. From 1976 to 1982 they developed the construction by starting to build Kori building, the left and right fences, Bentar temple and Penyengker wall. Finally, the temple in Banguntapan became the Jagatnatha temple. (Also read : Buyutan Beach Pacitan)

      The location of Jagatnatha temple is in Pura Street number 370, Plumbon village, Banguntapan sub district, Bantul regency, Yogyakarta Province. read more

Bajangratu Indonesian Heritage Temple

Bajangratu Indonesian Heritage Temple

Bajangratu Indonesian Heritage Temple

      When we want to go to Mojokerto regency for finding temples, there are some temples can be found in this regency. One of them is Bajangratu Indonesian Heritage Temple. This temple is located in Kraton sub-village, Temon Village, Trowulan Subdistrict, Mojokerto Regency. It is about 3.5 kilometers away from Wringinlawang Temple and about 600 meters away from Tikus Temple.

      Bajangratu Indonesian Heritage Temple hides many secrets, as most of information revealing when the temple was erected, the king who instructed its construction and its functions remains unknown. The name Bajangratu was first mentioned in Oudheidkunding Verslag (OV) in 1915.

      Sri Soeyatmi Satari, an archeologist, claims that the name of Bajangratu is closely connected to Jayanegara, the king of Majapahit, since the word ‘bajang’ means a dwarf. According to Kitab (book) Pararaton and folklores, Jayanegara was enthroned at a tender age, when he was still a tiny young boy. The nickname Dwarf King or Bajangratu, however, stuck with him as he grew older. (Also read : Mangunan Batik Tourism Village) read more

Kalasan Temple Yogyakarta

Kalasan Temple Yogyakarta

Kalasan Temple Yogyakarta

        One more recreation place I want to share for my beloved reader. It is Kalasan Temple Yogyakarta. Although it is probably not as grandeur and fame as Borobudur Temple, but this temple has its own history. Kalasan Temple is the oldest Buddhist temple in Yogyakarta. Kalasan Temple was built to dedicate Goddess Tara.

        Kalasan Temple is located in sub-village of Kalibening, Tirtamani village, Sub-district of Kalasan, Sleman Regency, province of Yogyakarta. The location of Kalasan Temple is about 2 kilometers southern of Prambanan Temple. Kalasan Temple is precisely about 16 kilometers to the eastern of Yogyakarta. Kalasan temple is easy to be reached out because this temple is located next to the main road of Jogja – Solo.

        Kalasan Temple has beautifully ornamented with finely carved relief and coated with “vajralepa”, a yellowish material made from the sap of a certain tree. The vajralepa functioned as an adhesive and as protection against moss and mildew, while at the same time it refined the carvings. This temple is 24 m high and its base built in the form of a Greek cross. read more

Penataran Temple in Blitar

Penataran Temple in Blitar

       Penataran Temple in Blitar. Blitar is one of small regency in East Java province. However, this city is noteworthy for all people in Indonesia, moreover for people in the world because this place was being the hometown of Indonesia’s first president, Ir. Soekarno. It’s a rather sleepy place that’s got a tiny business district as well as ancient Hindu temples (called Penataran temple).

        Blitar city has principle “Kridho Hangudi Jaya” (it means: work hard to reach the glorious) and its motto “Blitar Kota Patria” (Blitar the defender of the nation that well-regulated, cleanly, beautiful, and safety), also known as heroic city, student city and peaceful city.

        Blitar city has try to build its city as ‘Patria’ city which supported by it commerce system. One of Blitar government’s effort is by choosing the tourism sector as the main product to increase its economic region.

        There are many tourism objects as the others East Java’s regencies. Some of them are Penataran Temple which is the ancient Hindu temple, Tambakrejo beach with its fantastic waves, Serang beach that it commonly held Larung Sesaji Ceremony, Soekarno Graveyard which is one of Blitar religious tour, traditionally event in Blitar such as Grebeg Pancasila, etc. read more

Recreation to Ratu Boko Temple

Ratu Boko Temple

       Recreation to Ratu Boko Temple. Hello my beloved friends! How are we? Hopefully we always is blessed by Allah. Well in this occasion I want to share about one place for other destination in having recreation. It is Ratu Boko Temple. This place is located in Yogyakarta. It is precisely located in the sub-district of Prambanan district of Klaten. It is Approximately 2 km southern of Prambanan Temple. Although this place is in area of Klaten, however, it is nearer to Yogyakarta for it is just about 19 kilometers from the city of Yogyakarta.  

        Ratu Boko Temple is a magnificent building that it was built during the reign of Panangkaran, one of the descendants of the Sailendra dynasty. The Temple was originally named Abhayagiri Vihara (this meaning is monastery in a peaceful hill) was built for seclusion and focus on the spiritual life. Being in this Temple, we can feel peace while seeing the wonderful scenery of Yogyakarta, Prambanan temple and the background of Mount Merapi because this place is located on the hills. read more

The Beautiful scenery of Gedong Songo Temple

Beatiful scenery of Gedong Songo Temple

       The Beautiful scenery of Gedong Songo Temple. Central Java is very rich of the cultural heritage of Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic historical eras. The famous temples of Borobudur, Mendut and Pawon are the cultural heritage of Buddhist, whereas the temple of Prambanan is the cultural heritage of Hindu. They are a few of the numerous cultural influences that spread through the province.

       Other cultural heritage of Hindu are Gedung Songo Temples. Gedong Songo is a complex consists of nine building. These temples are located in Candi village of Ambarawa district in Semarang regency, 25 kilometers from Ungaran or 40 km from the city of Semarang.

       The complex is easily accessible from either Yogyakarta (about 2 hours by car, or 3 hours by bus). The roads are paved and smooth — except for the one linking Ambarawa to the complex, which is steep and rather narrow.

       Near the complex is a traditional market, it is Bandungan market, and on market days the street might become congested, so drivers must be careful. The distance from Bandungan market is still 4 km to the temples. read more

Recreation to Prambanan Temple

Recreation to Prambanan Temple

       Recreation to Prambanan Temple. In this occasion I want to share about one of beautiful places for recreation in Klaten (this place is actually near to Yogyakarta. This recreation place is about temple. And the name of temple is Prambanan Temple. This temple is also well-known after you know about Borobudur temple.

      Prambanan Temple is locally known as the Roro Jonggrang Temple, or the Temple of the “Slender Virgin”. It is actually not one temple, but it is a complex temples. This is the most famous and also the most magnificent of Central Java’s temples or more precisely complex of temples. It is the largest Hindu temples in Indonesia and one of the largest Hindu temples in south-east Asia. It is characterized by its tall and pointed architecture, typical of Hindu temple architecture, and by the 47m high central building inside a large complex of individual temples. The temple complex was built by Rakai Pikatan, the king of the Medang/Mataram Kingdom in the 9th century BC, and it was dedicated to Shiva. read more

Recreation to Borobudur temple

Borobudur Temple

       Recreation to Borobudur temple. Borobudur temple, one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world is located in Magelang district of Central Java. It is about 40 km northwest of Yogyakarta, 7 km south of the town of Magelang, Central Java. It can be reached about an hour drive from Yogyakarta.

       The tourists have the option of going by taxi or public bus to reach this temple. Public transportation is available from the bus station. From that point visitors can hire becaks or horse carts, or walk the rest of the way to the monument. A large parking area is available not far from the monument, so private cars and buses can park in this area.

      Borobudur temple is very famous and it is not a stranger place to the world traveling scene, being a unique Buddhist temple of Asia, it is also the largest Buddhist structure on earth. This 8th century stupa and temple complex in Central Java, Indonesia is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Many travelers came here to experience the wonders of this structure and note its unique differences with the other Buddhist temples in terms of architecture and also down to the details of its construction and also the grandness of it. Borobudur is also set deep in between a backdrop of volcanoes enhancing the drama of the place. read more

Roro Jonggrang Prambanan Legend

Roro Jonggrang Prambanan Legend

Roro Jonggrang Prambanan Legend

Roro Jonggrang Prambanan Legend

      Once upon a time, in the place where the Prambanan Temple stands now, there was a Kingdom called Prambanan, which was led by Prabu Baka. He had a beautiful daughter named Roro Jonggrang. The people of Prambanan Kingdom were wealthy and lived in peace. However, soon their happiness were disturbed by Pengging Kingdom. (Also read : Jaka Tarub and the Seven Nymphs)

     The king of Pengging Kingdom, named Bandung Bondowoso, wanted to occupy Prambanan. This made the war between Prambanan and Pengging could not be avoided. Prambanan lost the war and Prabu Baka was dead. Pengging could win the war because Bandung Bondongwoso had a supernatural power. His soldiers were not only humans but also genies. After the death of Prabu Baka, Prambanan Kingdom was led by new king, Bandung Bondowoso.

     When Bondowoso went around the palace, he accidentally meet Roro Jonggrang, a beautiful daughter of Prabu Baka. Bondowoso suddenly fell in love with her and propose her to be his wife.  read more