Ratu Boko temple in Yogyakarta
Ratu Boko Temple in Yogyakarta is another story about a Buddhist temple
Hello friends, after yesterday I wrote about the legendary Prambanan temple,
Now I will write about Ratu Boko Temple in Yogyakarta.
This temple is also no less beautiful than the Prambanan temple And it lies in the highlands
So you can see the beauty of the city of Yogyakarta from the top of the hill.
Ratu Boko temple- A Magnificent Palace
Ratu Boko temple is actually a magnificent palace
Built at the end of the 7th century by Rakai Panangkaran
This palace area is very wide because it was built on an area of 25 hectares
This temple is divided into 4 parts, namely the west, east, middle, and southeast
By the way, Rakai Panangkaran is still a descendant of the Shalendra dynasty, the founder of the Borobudur temple
So Ratu Boko Temple and Borobudur Temple are still related
Ratu Boko temple- A Hill full of peace
This palace complex at the beginning was called Abhayagiri Vihara which means a place of prayer on a hill full of peace
So this palace was founded as a place of solitude and focus on the spiritual life.
When you are in this place you will feel peace
You can at the same time see the view of Yogyakarta and Prambanan Temple with the backdrop of Mount Merapi.
This palace was built at an altitude of 198 meters above sea level
The center of Ratu Boko is composed of the main gate, a field, a burning area, a pool, pedestal stones, and an assembly hall.
Meanwhile, the southeastern part includes the Pendopo (Pavilion), a porch, 3 small temples, a pool, and an area for the daughter of the king.
The cave complex, Buddhist stupa, and pond are located in the east.
While the western part is only full of hills.
The element of Hindus
Although it was founded by a Buddhist, this palace has Hindu elements.
It can be seen by the presence of Linga and Yoni, statues of Ganesha,
and gold plates that read “Om Rudra ya Namah Swaha”
as a form of worship of Lord Rudra
which is another name for Lord Shiva.
The existence of Hindu elements proves the tolerance of religious people
which is reflected in architectural works.
Indeed, at that time Rakai Panangkaran, a Buddhist follower, lived side by side with the Hindu followers.
The uniqueness of Ratu Boko temple
As a historical relic, Ratu Boko Palace is unique compared to other relics.
If other buildings are generally only temples or shrines,
then as the name implies this palace shows the characteristics of a place to live.
buildings in the form of poles and roofs made of the wood show the evidence
although now all that is left is the form of a stone building. but if you explore this palace, then you will get more beauty and uniqueness,
One of them is a very beautiful sunset view.
A tourist from abroad said, “This is the most beautiful sunset on earth
So guys if you have the plan to visit Yogyakarta don’t forget to put Ratu Boko temple on your list
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