Banyunibo Temple Yogyakarta Tourist Attraction

Banyunibo Temple Yogyakarta Tourist Attraction

The sun shines above the head. The light forms streaks along the wall. The sound of birds perched sounded loud. Paddy fields and fields stretch. The smell of the grass was soft, flying with the dry wind. A towering temple, showing elegance between creeping silence.

Banyunibo temple was built when the ancient Mataram kingdom triumphed. In Javanese, Banyunibo means water dripping. This temple is estimated to be built in the 9th century. The roofs and the reliefs became the markers.

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Besides the main building, Banyunibo Temple surrounded by six companion temples or called perwara. Three perwara on the south side, and three at the east side. The main building measuring about 15 x 14 meters. While the temple’s foot is 2.5 meters high, built on a rock. There is a path used to round the temple during religious rituals.

There is also a water channel (jalawadra) located on each side of the temple, except the west side. Jalawadra is decorated with a giant head (kalamakara). At the entrance, there is a relief of a lion. While on the western part, there are stairs that are used as driveways.

Besides the relief of Hariti who became the goddess of fertility in Buddhism, there is another relief where a woman is surrounded by children. Vaisravana, Hariti’s husband was shown in a sitting position. This temple was found collapsed in November, 1940. Then performed excavations and finished two years later.

Until 1942, the reconstruction only successfully arranged the roof and the door of the temple. In 1962 the process continued through the base, legs, and the body of the temple. This restoration stopped in 1978 when all parts of the temple were perfectly arranged.

The temple located in Cepit, Bokoharjo, Prambanan, Sleman, is rarely visited by tourists. Beside to its remote location, there is no public transportation that specifically passes this temple. For you who want to enjoy the breeze and the tranquility, you can drive first to Prambanan Temple. The distance is only 5 kilometers to the south.

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