Friday, June 5, 2009

The legend of Prambanan Temple

Prambanan temple with the beauty and the hidden treasure has been attracting people from all around the world to visit this biggest Hindu’s temple in South East asia. If you are interested in the beauty of Prambanan temple, then the legend of Prambanan temple will maka you more curious about Prambanan Temple.

The legend of Lara Jonggrang was started when the Prince BAndung Bondowoso fell in love with Princess Lara Jonggrang. Loro Jonggrang was the daughter of King Boko. The popular legend of Lara Jonggrang is what connects the site of the Ratu Boko Palace, the origin of the Durga statue in northern cell/chamber of the main shrine, and the origin of the Sewu temple complex nearby.

Bandung Bondowoso had killed King Boko and ruled Loro Jonggrang’s kingdom, so she rejected his proposal of marriage. But Bandung Bondowoso insisted on the union, and finally Lara Jonggrang was forced to agree for a union in marriage, but she posed one impossible condition: Bandung must build her a thousand temples in only one night.

Then, the Prince entered into meditation and conjured up a multitude of spirits (demons) from the earth. He succeeded in building 999 temples because he was helped by supernatural beings.

Loro Jonggrang was very panic. She was thinking of something to stopped Bandung Bondowoso. Then she woke her palace maids and ordered the women of the village to begin pounding rice and set a fire in the east of the temple, attempting to make the prince and the spirits believe that the sun was about to rise.

As the cocks began to crow, fooled by the light and the sounds of morning time, the supernatural helpers fled back into the ground. But the prince was furious about the trick and in revenge he cursed Lara Jonggrang to stone. She became the last and the most beautiful of the thousand statues.

IF you want to see directly the Lara Jonggrang’s statue, you better come and visit the Prambanan temple during your trip to Yogyakarta. Have a good time in Yogyakarta.


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