Hinduism becomes one of the most popular religions decades ago in Indonesia that makes a difference between Hindu and Buddhist temples in Indonesia. That makes their existence proofs in so many inscriptions, sculptures, and temples. Most of them spread around the Indonesian region that you can visit to spend your holiday season.
Speaking of Hinduism, you can find so many Hindu temples in Indonesia. Most of them become one of the most magnetic for tourism visits for both domestic and foreign tourists. This time, we will bring you into some of them that brings you into the richest Indonesian culture that you should know.
Now, check them out below!
1. Prambanan Temple
Prambanan temple becomes the biggest Hindu temple in Indonesia that popular with the depiction of Ramayana. It is located in Prambanan, Kalasan, Yogyakarta that you can reach in about 20 minutes from Yogyakarta city.
Prambanan was admitted as the most beautiful Hindu temple in South East Asia along with the history of Hindu kingdoms in Indonesia. There also some festivals that are held there regularly so that some foreign tourists know the temple properly.
Besides, the most epic myth about Roro Jongrang becomes one of the magnetic parts of the temple for tourism visits. Some tourists always wondering about the story and the guide will explain them properly.
2. Cetho Temple
Cetho temple becomes one of the Hindu temples located around Lawu mountain, Karanganyar, Central Java. It was built around the fifteenth century AD under the Majapahit kingdom as part of the history of the Hindu religion in Indonesia.
Cetho temple becomes the place for Hinduism to do their ritual prayer towards their gods. Not only contains the temple building, but they’re also some inscriptions and sculpture that represent the Hinduism. You can find the Sabdapalon and Nayagenggong sculptures as the most popular myth for local people there.
3. Sukuh Temple
Sukuh temple becomes one of the Hindu temples around Lawu mountain, Karanganyar, Central Java that has a little size of the building than the Cetho temple. It was built around 1437 centuries AD as written on the gate of the temple.
Sukuh temple becomes a controversial temple as the building representing the human genitals in some sculptures. The expert says that the temple was built generously as the conflict of Majapahit kingdom towards their fell.
On the wall of the Sukuh temple was craved with the beautiful relief that depictions of the Pandawa Lima complete with the Dewi Kunti and Dewi Durga. All of them have become one of the most popular myths in Hinduism culture which has a bit different from some of the Hindu temples in Bali.
4. Dieng Temple
Dieng temple becomes one of the Hindu temples in Indonesia located around the Dieng plateau. The temple was built around the seventh century AD under the Kalingga kingdom. The temple contains eight temples that spread around the temple areas as one of the Indonesian most famous landmarks in Dieng, Central Java.
These eight different temples in Dieng temple has different names with a different type of building. You can see that the Arjuna temple looks similar to the Prambanan temple. Another temples that calls as the Gatotkaca, Semar, Srikandi, Puntadewa, Sembrada, Bima, and Dwarawati have a similar shape with Kalasan temple.
Dieng temple becomes the depiction of the Mahabarata story as the most popular puppet story of Hinduism in Central Java. The overall building of the temple represents Hinduism as the Kala and Makara were built there.
5. Gedong Songo Temple
Gedong Songo temple becomes one of the Hindu temples located around Ungaran mountain, Bandungan, Semarang, Central Java. It was built around 927 centuries AD under the Syailendra dynasty.
Gedong Songo temple has similar looks to the Dieng temple that contains three temples around. It is also located at almost the peak of the mountain which has a higher temperature than the Prambanan temple.
6. Pringapus Temple
The Pringapus temple becomes one of the Hindu temples in Indonesia located in Pringapus village, Ngadirejo, Temanggung. It was built around 850 centuries AD and built for the depiction of the Siva deity.
Some people believe that the Pringapus temple represents the Mahameru in a little size. It proofs in so many reliefs there that told about it and other deities such as the Durga Mahesasuramardhini. Besides, the Sanskrit on the relief also written in Hapsara-Hapsari as they represent the Hinduism deities.
7. Sambisari Temple
Sambisari temple becomes one of the Hindu temples in Indonesia located in Purwomartani, Kalasan, Sleman, Yogyakarta. It was built around the ninth century AD under king Rakai Garung of the Mataram Kuno kingdom.
As part of the Syailendra dynasty, the king was written on the inscriptions at the Sambisari Temple. besides, there also some sculptures the represent Hinduism as the Ganesha, Durga, Agastya, and Yoni around the temple.
8. Ijo Temple
Ijo temple becomes one of the Hindu temples in Indonesia located in Sambirejo, Yogyakarta. It was built around ten up to eleven centuries AD under the Medang kingdom.
Around the temple, there are some little temples with inscriptions and sculptures as the representative of the Hinduism temple. Most of them were craved by the Kala Makara as an important part of the Hindu temple.
Ijo temple becomes so popular with the scenery of the sunset. Besides, around the temple is shown as a green park that has epic scenery towards the sunset. The location also not too far to reach from the Prambanan temple and the popular Breksi walls.
So, there are some of the Hindu temples in Indonesia that have a representation of the magnetic tourism visit in Indonesia. Most of them have wonderful scenery around the temple.
Besides, there becomes more completes with the epic myth behind those temples. Have you ever visiting one of them?