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Temple Gebang

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Gebang temple is a Hindu temple or Mandir (Sanskrit "Mandira" is an abode, dwelling), which was built in the VIII century. The temple is located on the outskirts of Yogyakarta and was built at a time when there was the Kingdom of Mataram, which was still called the Kingdom of Medang.

There is no exact historical information about the temple, but the height of the base of the building indicates that the building was built in the years 730-800 ad. Temple Gebang was opened in 1936, at least at first archaeologists have discovered a statue of Ganesha, or Ganapati - God of wisdom and prosperity in Hinduism. Excavations continued, the archaeologists found that this statue was part of a small stone building. Further excavations have discovered the ruins of the temple. In addition, the archaeologists found other artifacts, among which were ceramic goods, statuettes, stone box. The temple was named after the village Gebang.

Unfortunately, during the excavations, the walls and roof of the temple was damaged, but the foundations remained intact. But the eruption of the volcano Merapi, which is considered the most active active volcano of Indonesia, and the temple was completely destroyed by the debris flow. In 1937, began reconstruction of the temple, which lasted until 1939.

The architecture of the temple reflects the architectural elements of Hindu temples. The height of the temple - 7,75 meters, the Foundation of the temple has the shape of a square, whose dimensions - 5,25 m 5,25 m. the Entrance to the temple is located on the East side, to the entrance there are no steps, or maybe they were made of wood and are dilapidated. If you compare other Hindu temples which are neighborhood in Yogyakarta, the temple Gebang has its own unique architectural style: the roof of the temple is decorated with small head size deities that seem to appear out of the window, and Devas statues in small niches.