Indonesia is an island country which has Indian origins. That is probably the reason why there are some very ancient Hindu temples in Indonesia about which we are going to tell you in this article.
- Prambanan Temple, Yogyakarta, Java- Built in the 10 century the Prambanan Temple is situated nearly 17 kilometers from the city. Apart from Lord Shiva there is a Devi murti also established here. There is an ancient story about this temple. It is said that at some time there was a demon king here by the name Prabhu baka who had a daughter named Roro Jongrang. Bandung bandovoso wanted to marry her but she was not willing. She asked him to make 1000 idols for her in one night and then she would marry him.To oblige her he made 999 idols however when he was making the last idol Roro burnt the paddy fields to give an effect of sunrise because of which he lost the bet. When he realized the truth he cursed her to become a stone idol herself. It is said that the stone idol in the temple is that of Roro Jongrang. All the three gods Brahma,Vishnu and Shiv have their temples here. Each temple has a side temple which is dedicated to the rides of each God.
- Besakih Temple, Bali- Often referred to as Bali’s ‘mother temple’, Besakih is a grand complex of different clan temples and shrines. Regarded as the largest and holiest of the island’s temples, it is located at 1,000 meters above sea level on the south-western slopes of Mount Agung. There are at least 70 celebrations held here each year as each shrine has its own anniversary. Exploring the whole site requires a day, however most visits cover only the largest and central complex, the Pura Penataran Agung. Another temple called the Pura Pasimpangan is east of the Pura Penataran Agung, and on the higher slopes is Pura Pengubengan, which has great vistas and is a half-hour walk from Penataran Agung.
• Tanah Lot Tabanan, West Bali – Tanah Lot is perhaps the most frequently featured temple on Bali’s postcards. This is due to its unique offshore setting and sunset backdrops. The temple is located on the coast of Beraban village in the Tabanan regency. It is simply among Bali’s not-to-be-missed highlights on tours to Bali’s west but is also an easy standalone trip – only a 45-minute drive from Kuta. The onshore site consists of smaller onshore village temples alongside visitors’ leisure facilities that comprise restaurants, shops and a cultural park presenting regular dance performances. The best time to visit is during the holy day of Kuningan when pilgrimages usually take place.
• Uluwatu Temple- Uluwatu is one among picture postcard temples in Indonesia. The temple is also known among surfers as an exotic surf spot. Located on a southwest cliff top approximately 70 meters above the crashing waves. Pura Luhur Uluwatu, as it is referred to by locals, shares the splendid sunset backdrops of Tanah Lot. But at a higher altitude, providing broader ocean and horizon views.
Cultural performances such as the Ramayana ballet or Kecak dance, take place in a specially designated amphitheater. Located at the temple’s south, it takes place during the golden sunset hours, perfect for memorable pictures. Definitely one of the top places on the island to go to for scenic and sunset moments. Also for ancient architecture and sculptures, and there’s a dense monkey forest nearby inhabited by gray long-tailed macaques. Uluwatu Temple celebrates its biannual piodalan temple anniversary every ‘Kliwon Medangsya’ Tuesday on the Balinese 210-day pawukon calendar.
• Ulun Danu Beratan temple- Literally ‘the source temple of Lake Beratan’, is easily one of the most iconic temples in Indonesia. It shares the scenic qualities with the seaside temples of Uluwatu and Tanah Lot. The smooth reflective surface of the lake surrounding most of the temple’s base creates a unique floating impression. While the mountain range of the Bedugul region encircling the lake provides the temple with a scenic backdrop. The temple was built in the 17th century in the worship of the main Hindu trinity, Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva. Also for the lake goddess, Devi Danu. The sight and cool atmosphere of the Bali uplands have made the this temple a favorite sightseeing and recreational spot.
These are some of the interesting Temples in Indonesia. Next time you go there do plan a visit to these exotic locations too.