Candi Sari

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Candi Sari

Category : News: Cultural

Candi_SariLocated 15 km east of Yogyakarta at Bendan Village, Tirtomartani, Kalasan, Yogyakarta. Open daily 8 am – 5 pm. This two-story Buddhist temple is located 600 meters from Kalasan temple. It was built around the 9 th century AD as a vihara Buddhist Tara monastery. The first floor was a praying room and on the second story were the monks’ chambers. At its top are nine stupas. Windows are built around the temple, with the exception of the west side because of the Buddha and Boddhisattva statues. The temple is decorated with talent: there are 36 large figures represented in relief on the exterior walls, still covered with stucco (vrajalepa), but some of the figures are difficult to recognize: half-gods, Naga kings, masculine and feminine divinities following the Tribangga rules, some of which are reminiscent of Tara, the bodhisattva consecrated at Kalasan. Notice the Kinara-Kinari (bird-angels) near the windows and the elephant friezes at each side of the door, also the two guardian statues of Dwarapala and Gupala at the entry.

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