Prambanan Temple is the tallest and most beautiful Hindu Temple complex in Indonesia. This temple is full of love stories. Starting from the legend of the Bandung Bondowoso struggle to get Roro Jonggrang, to the love story of Rama and Shinta carved on the temple wall.
Unrequited love. That sentence is said to be the origin of Prambanan Temple which was built in the 10th century, during the reign of two kings, Rakai Pikatan and Rakai Belitung. A young man named Bandung Bondowoso fell in love with a beautiful daughter named Roro Jonggrang. But Roro Jonggrang was reluctant to accept proposals from Bondowoso. Jonggrang also challenged Bondowoso to make 1000 statues in one night as a way to reject Bondowoso because he was sure the young man would not be able to fulfill these requirements.
However, beyond reason Jonggrang Bondowoso almost completed the challenges given by Jonggrang. Aware of this, Jonggrang asked the villagers to pound rice and make lighting so that the atmosphere looked like morning so Bondowoso failed to fulfill his request. The rooster crowed when Bondowoso just worked on the 999th statue. When he found out that Jonggrang was cheating, he cursed him for being the 1,000th statue.
Besides being famous for the legend of Roro Jonggrang, Prambanan Temple which is recognized by UNESCO as one of the world heritages has another attraction for tourists. This temple consists of three Hindu Trimurti temples, namely Shiva Temple with a companion temple named Nandini, Brahma Temple with Angsa companion temple, and Vishnu Temple with Garuda as a companion temple. Not only that, there are still a number of other temples like 2 apite temples and 4 corner temples. The second courtyard of this complex consists of 224 temples.
When you enter Shiva Temple which is the tallest building, there are 4 rooms that contain Shiva statues, while 3 other rooms contain Durga (Shiva's wife), Agastya (Shiva's teacher), and Ganesha (Shiva's son). Durga statue that is often considered a statue of Roro Jonggrang. Stepping into the Vishnu Temple, you will only find one room of Vishnu statues, as is the case with Brahma Temple which only has one room containing Brahma statues.
The scenery in the Prambanan Temple area is very charming. You can see how beautiful and grand relief relics of ancient times. One of the famous reliefs is of course the love story of Rama and Dewi Shinta. The existence of these reliefs is what underlies the performance of the Ramayana Ballet in this place. In addition there are also relief trees or Kalpataru which according to Hindus as the tree of life. Kalpataru is described as flanking a lion.
You can also enjoy the Prambanan Temple Panorama in the afternoon. Entering the twilight, the view of the towering temple complete with reddish sky you can see. When the ballet is staged, the temple buildings will be highlighted with colorful and beautiful lights. In addition to the temple complex, you can also learn history through the Archaeological and Audio Visual Museum which is still in the Prambanan Temple complex. The rabbit train is also ready to take you around Prambanan.
Prambanan Temple is located in Prambanan Village which covers two regions namely Sleman Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta and Klaten Regency, Central Java. Its location which is right on the edge of the Jogja-Solo road makes this the most beautiful Hindu temple easily accessible from anywhere. From the direction of the city of Jogja you can take the Transjogja bus line 1A and 2A then get off at the Prambanan stop and continue by walking or taking a pedicab. Meanwhile, if coming from the east (Solo or Klaten) you can take a bus heading for Yogyakarta and get off at Prambanan Terminal.