Prambanan Temple: Second Largest Hindu Temple In Southeast Asia

-By Shivam Pathak

One of the prime destinations for tourists in Indonesia is Prambanan temple. The Prambanan temple is also known as Rara Jonggrang. The temple complex is situated in the city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It is a beauty of Indonesia which is profound throughout the world. Its majestic appearance and distinctive looks makes it quiet impressive.

It is basically a 9th century Hindu temple complex in
Indonesia. It is the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia, and the second-largest in Southeast Asia. The temple is consecrated to Trimūrti-Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. The temple has also been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year of 1991. The structure of the temple complex outlines typical elements of Hindu architecture like shikhara. There are lots of legends about the origins of this temple. It is believed that the temple complex was named after the popular legend of Rara Jonggrang.

According to this legend a prince named Bandung Bondowoso wanted to marry Princess Rara Jonggrang, who was the daughter of King Boko, whom he had killed in order to rule over his kingdom. After many attempts the princess agreed to marry him, but before marriage she set a condition before him according to which Bandung had to build one thousand temples in just one night. Later on Bandung however built 999 temples with the help of the spirits, but before he could build the 1000th temple he was tricked by the princess and was not able to complete the 1000th temple.

After this when Bandung came to know that it was princess who tricked him, he gave her a curse due to which the princess became a statue. Therefore, I hope after listening to this interesting legend you all will definitely visit this exotic temple complex in order to unveil the truth behind this legend.