Kedulan Temple Yogyakarta Tourist Attraction

Kedulan Temple Yogyakarta Tourist Attraction

Kedulan temple was found in 1993 in damaged conditions and buried sand. The discovery also occurred by accident, that is when a group of people are mining the sand. The material of sand that buried Kedulan Temple estimated comes from the eruption of Mount Merapi in several periods.

From the type of soil that closes the temple, there are 13 layers of lava type, so it is estimated that the lava that buried the temple came from 13 times the eruption of Mount Merapi. The base of the temple is at a depth of about seven meters.

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Kedulan temple is estimated as a Hindu temple because of the discovery of yoni on the temple area. The character of the Hindu temple is usually consisting of two or three courtyards. The first yard at Kedulan Temple have been found on the south side, other yard are still under investigation.

Until 2010, the restoration of Kedulan temple still not over. Even the three temples perwara in the temple complex Kedulan can’t be excavated perfectly. The area of ​​Kedulan temple is also expected to continue to grow considering the eastern yard of the temple has not been found.

The research and restoration of Kedulan temple continues to be done. In 2003, the inscriptions of Pananggaran and Sumudul in the area of ​​Kedulan temple found. The two inscriptions are written in the Palawan Script with Sanskrit language.

Kedulan temple is located about 3 km’s of Prambanan Temple. The shape of the architecture is similar to Sambisari Temple. But in terms of art decoration, it is close to Ijo Temple and Barong Temple. If Sambisari Temple faces west, then Kedulan Temple facing eastwards.

Sambisari temple only has a staircase on the main temple, while at Kedulan temple there are stair at every perwara temple. The staircase decoration on both temples is equally snake-shaped, which distinguishes it is inside the mouth of the snake.

In Sambisari temple carved a figure that resembles lion dance, while at Kedulan Temple engraved a bird figure. It is estimated that Kedulan temple was built at the end of the Hindu period of Central Java, around the 8th and 10th centuries.

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