Central Java, Kalasan Candi Kalasan

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Central Java Kalasan Candi Kalasan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candi_Kalasan

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Kalasan (Indonesian: Candi Kalasan), also known as Candi Kalibening, is an 8th century Buddhist temple in Indonesia. It is located 13 km east of Yogyakarta on the way to Prambanan temple, on the south side of the main road ‘Jalan Solo’ between Yogyakarta and Surakarta.

According to a Kalasan inscription dated 778 AD, written in Sanskrit using Pranagari script, the temple was erected by the will of Guru Sang Raja Sailendravam├žatilaka (the Jewel of Sailendra family) that succeed to persuade Maharaja Tejapurnapana Panangkaran (in other part of the inscription also called as Kariyana Panangkaran) to construct a holy building for the goddess (boddhisattvadevi) Tara and also build a vihara (monastery) for buddhist monks from Sailendra family’s realm. Panangkaran awarded the Kala├ža village to sangha (buddhist monastic community).[1]. According to the date of this inscription, Kalasan temple is the oldest among temples built in the Prambanan Plain.

Despite being renovated and partially rebuilt during the Dutch colonial era, the temple currently is in poor condition. Compared to other temples nearby such as Prambanan, Sewu, and Sambisari the temple is not well maintained.

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