Arjuna Temple Dieng Reviews
"The one oldest Hindu temple in Java" Jan 25, 2013
We arrived at the ARJUNA Temple complex at 10am.The cold mountain is already feels biting on my skin upon my arrival at the entrance to Court of the Temples in Dieng. Staring down on the temple are the surrounding green Mountains now in daylight as the receding fog is all but gone. For thousands of years this weather and the seasons do not affect any change in the Temples which still are standing as strong today as if built yesterday.
They were first discovered in 1814 by a British soldier, named van Kinsbergen, these temples were submerged in swamp water before they were found, unlike most other temples that are found by being covered by the land. The process of draining the swamp water started more than 40 years later.
Arjuna temple complex is the one oldest Hindu temple in Java, built in 809 AD Historically it is based on the existence of Linga and Yoni. the main temples worship to the Lord Shiva.. Many Statues such as the Goddess Durga, Ganesha and Agastya also survive from these temples but have been removed for their further preservation, they are now housed in the Museum Kailasa in Dieng. It is not known exactly who gave the names of these temples. However, what is certain is that they come from names after Hindu puppet characters
Arjuna Temple is the main temple opposite is the temple Semar with an elongated pyramid roof. Heroine Temple, Temple Puntadewa, and Temple Sembadra are aligned down the left side.
The temples are made from andesite rock and do not have a lot of calved reliefs on the walls. There are only three reliefs that depict The Holy Trimurti (Three forms), Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma,but this is carved in Heroine and not in the main temple.
To get to the Dieng from Yogyakarta takes up to 3 hours drive or about 45 minutes from Wonosobo, Arjuna temple complex can be reached using either public transport or private car, use of a car give you the freedom to visit other attractions such as Sikidang crater, Dieng Theater, Color and Sikunir Hill to see the sunrise.
The Temples now Look good and are framed by gravel pathways that meet with a green carpet of grass that flourish in their courts, also many beautiful flower beds that now bring colour and life back to these ancient temples.
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