The Prambanan Temple was built on the 9th century. This temple is built with such soaring height with fascinating ornaments, and it has a beauty that can never be matched. Inside the Prambanan Temple complex, there are a total of approximately 240 large and small temples. However, only 18 temples have since been restored and the rest could only be seen as scattered piles of stones.
Three of the eight main temples are called Trimurti, which means ‘three forms’. These three temples are dedicated to the three highest Hindu deities: Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver, and Shiva the Destroyer..
The Shiva Temple, which is located in the center of the area, is the biggest building in the Prambanan Temple Complex and it has five rooms: east, south, west, north, and a main room in the middle of the temple. The room on the east is connected to the main room where a Shiva Mahadewa statue as high as 3 meters stood. In the north room stood the statue of Durga Mahisasuramardini, Shiva’s wife. In a local folk tale or legend, this Durga statue is called as Roro Jonggrang.
Right in front of the Trimurti temple, there are three slightly smaller temples that are considered to be the means of transportation or rides of the gods: Nandi the ox which is the ride of Shiva, Angsa the Swan which is Brahma’s, and Garuda the ride of Vishnu.
The reliefs in Prambanan Temple itself tell the story of Ramayana and Krishnayana. Not far from where the Temples stood, the tale of Ramayana is performed in the form of a ballet on a stage every Tuesday night, Thursday night and Saturday night.
Ramayana Prambanan Ballet Performance holds the Guinnes World Records for having the most amount of dancers on each dance performance. Furthermore, the Ramayana dance had already ran for such a long time and is constantly performed since the year of 1961. If London and New York have The Phantom of the Opera, then Yogyakarta has the Ramayana Ballet. During the season when it doesn’t rain, the stage is placed outdoor with the Prambanan Temple standing in the background, illuminated by big lights.