The Thousand Temples
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There was a legend around the history of Prambanan Temple. A Hindu's Temple located between Yogyakarta and Surakarta (Solo). The story was about a powerful man, who was well known as a very mean person, killing everybody not following his order. This guy asked a princess to marry him but the princess didn't want to accept the proposal. Afraid of the man will kill her, she said OK only if he can make her 1000 temples in one night. The time limit is the sunrise.
So this man, worked all the evil spirit to help him, moving rock with power of magick and make things fast. By the time it was 1 hour before sunrise, the man was already doing more than 900 temples. Only need few mores. So the princess panick and asked her maid to start working on rock dish to smash rice. The sound of the rock waking up the rooster, as the activities usually done very early in the morning. The rooster start to crow. And this crow make the sun rise.
For this, the princess then claimed the man is not successful thus she can refuse the proposal. The man got very angry and curse her into a rock. In Prambanan, inside one of the main temple, you can see the statue of the princess called "Lara Jonggrang" crying. And the temples around them in total are 999.