Candi and Ancient Temples in Indonesia

Candi © Raymond Ginting/flickr

Candi © Raymond Ginting/flickr

Sanctuaries, Hindu and Buddhist temples in Indonesia are called candi. The were built as early as in the 8th century. Sometimes, candi may included urban ruins, non-religious gates, pool as well as bathing places. In Central Java, there are the Borobudur & Kedu Plain. They are regarded as the candi as well. Others like the Slopes of Gunung Merapi, some parts of Yogyakarta, the Dieng Plateau, Gedong Songo, the Klaten Regency, Mount Lawu, Prambanan Plain and the Ratu Boko & surroundings.

East Java

The Malang area of East Java are also where you can find lots of candi. From Candi Badut, Candi Songgoriti, Candi Jago, Candi Singosari, Arca Dwarapala, Candi Kidal, Candi Sumberawan, Candi Rambut Monte and Candi Selakelir. The Shaivism is an oldest sect of the Hinduism. In Indonesia, you can find many shrines and temples that are Shaivite ones. Murtis are usually image that expresses a Deivine Spirit. The most remembered are Ganesha, Lord of the Ganas, followers of Shiva and the son of Shiva and Parvati. The belief that Shiva is All and in all, the creator, destroyer, perserver, revealer as well as the concealer of all that is. At Candi Badut, you can see small Shivaite temple from the 8th century as well.

Candi Songgoriti

Candi Songgoriti ©giblowhiempy/flickr

Candi Songgoriti ©giblowhiempy/flickr

The way to enjoy your time is also a hot water tourism where you immerse yourself in the hot springs at these temples that is believed to be able to cure various diseases. Not far from the Temple Songgoriti, the water is used as bathing water. Candi Jago are dated back to the 13th century where you can find terraces with reliefs decorations in Javanese shadow puppet style. It is very distinctive and you can even identify the scenes fro the Mahabharata epic and the underwold demons. One of the two major Sanskrit epics of the ancient India other than the Ramayana. Mahabharata contains devotional as well as philosophical materials. It has 100,000 shloka and more than 200,000 verse lines as well as long prose passages. It is almost four times that of the Ramayana.

Kidal Temple

The Kidal temple is a Hindu temple of the Singhasari dynasty located in East Java. The village in which it resides is called Rejokidal village. This temple has three levels and on a raised plateform. You can find three Javanese masks that tells the story of Garuda which is a large mythical bird-like creature in the mythology. The Singhasari was a kingdom in those times between 1222 to 1292.

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