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Gedong Songo Temple

The Candi Gedong Songo is a temple in the Focal Java region in Indonesia. It is a Hindu temple placed on a site that was initially fabricated throughout the Sanjaya administration which regulated the Focal Java throughout the eighth and ninth centuries. Comparable to Dieng Level, Gedong Songo was raised out of volcanic stone and the two edifices are the most seasoned Hindu structures in Java. Dieng and Gedong Songo originate before Borobudur and Prambanan. The temples of Gedong Songo reflect a comparable building structure to the Dieng Level. Notwithstanding, Gedong Songo shows more accentuation on plinth and cornice moulding. At Temple 3, a door is illustrated by a vestibule that is enhanced by watchman figures. The Gedong Songo Temple or the nine Temples, is a resort on the slope of mount Ungaran, about 900 meters above sea level in Indonesia. Queen Simha of the Kalingga Kingdom was in power when the Gedong Sanga complex was built. She was known for her fair and respectable reign. The Queen taught her people to worship Sang Hyang Widi, the Powerful God, and in order to accomplish this, she ordered that a temple devoted to Sang Hyang Widi be built. According to the belief, human beings must be able to control their desires to live a peaceful life. The desires were said to come from the nine orifices of the body, called Babahan Hawa Sanga in Javanese. The erection of the Candi Gedong Sanga could be thus considered a symbol of controlling these origins of desire. Gedong Songo (nine buildings), a group of small 8th century Hindu Javanese temples was built during the Syailendra Dynasty. It can be reached either by car or on horseback from the town. Built at about the same time as the temples of the Dieng complex, Gedong Songo is one of the most beautifully sited temple complexes in Central Java and the views alone are worth the trip. Gedung Songo ('Nine Buildings') belong to the earliest antiquities of Java, they follow up the temples on the Dieng Plateau directly, for what about time. They were also built high in the mountains in an area full with volcanic activity, and they were also from Hinduist origin. But where the temples on Dieng Plateau are somewhat squeezed into a foggy valley, Gedung Songo are spread over the higher parts of the mountains, which guarantee a splendid view. On clear days, the horizon is one long row of volcanoes, from mount Lawu in the east, towards mount Sumbing, mount Sundoro and Dieng Plateau in the west. The Nine temples were built between 730 and 780 AD, the first temple excepted, which may have been built some 30 years later. Gunung Songo is not the original name and also doesn't point at the number of structures. The number nine has a special meaning in the Javanese culture, in which there is a strong attachment to numbers. The temples are located at about the same distance from each other (100 meters, 200 meters) on a naturally formed terrace of edge of a mountain. There is also a trekking attraction where a number of sulfur springs exist inside the complex. There are simple bathing facilities also available at a small fee for those who want to bathe or wade in the hot water. It is said that the sulfur hot springs can cure minor dermatological ailments. A complete trip through the complex is roughly a 2 kilometre hike. The journey, which ascends and descends through groves of pine trees, ravines and sulfur springs, surely requires a good deal of energy.The Candi Gedong Songo is a temple in the Focal Java region in Indonesia. It is a Hindu temple placed on a site that was initially fabricated throughout the Sanjaya administration which regulated the Focal Java throughout the eighth and ninth centuries. Comparable to Dieng Level, Gedong Songo was raised out of volcanic stone and the two edifices are the most seasoned Hindu structures in Java. Dieng and Gedong Songo originate before Borobudur and Prambanan. The temples of Gedong Songo reflect a comparable building structure to the Dieng Level. Notwithstanding, Gedong Songo shows more accentuation on plinth and cornice moulding. At Temple 3, a door is illustrated by a vestibule that is enhanced by watchman figures. The Gedong Songo Temple or the nine Temples, is a resort on the slope of mount Ungaran, about 900 meters above sea level in Indonesia. Queen Simha of the Kalingga Kingdom was in power when the Gedong Sanga complex was built. She was known for her fair and respectable reign. The Queen taught her people to worship Sang Hyang Widi, the Powerful God, and in order to accomplish this, she ordered that a temple devoted to Sang Hyang Widi be built. According to the belief, human beings must be able to control their desires to live a peaceful life. The desires were said to come from the nine orifices of the body, called Babahan Hawa Sanga in Javanese. The erection of the Candi Gedong Sanga could be thus considered a symbol of controlling these origins of desire. Gedong Songo (nine buildings), a group of small 8th century Hindu Javanese temples was built during the Syailendra Dynasty. It can be reached either by car or on horseback from the town. Built at about the same time as the temples of the Dieng complex, Gedong Songo is one of the most beautifully sited temple complexes in Central Java and the views alone are worth the trip. Gedung Songo ('Nine Buildings') belong to the earliest antiquities of Java, they follow up the temples on the Dieng Plateau directly, for what about time. They were also built high in the mountains in an area full with volcanic activity, and they were also from Hinduist origin. But where the temples on Dieng Plateau are somewhat squeezed into a foggy valley, Gedung Songo are spread over the higher parts of the mountains, which guarantee a splendid view. On clear days, the horizon is one long row of volcanoes, from mount Lawu in the east, towards mount Sumbing, mount Sundoro and Dieng Plateau in the west. The Nine temples were built between 730 and 780 AD, the first temple excepted, which may have been built some 30 years later. Gunung Songo is not the original name and also doesn't point at the number of structures. The number nine has a special meaning in the Javanese culture, in which there is a strong attachment to numbers. The temples are located at about the same distance from each other (100 meters, 200 meters) on a naturally formed terrace of edge of a mountain. There is also a trekking attraction where a number of sulfur springs exist inside the complex. There are simple bathing facilities also available at a small fee for those who want to bathe or wade in the hot water. It is said that the sulfur hot springs can cure minor dermatological ailments. A complete trip through the complex is roughly a 2 kilometre hike. The journey, which ascends and descends through groves of pine trees, ravines and sulfur springs, surely requires a good deal of energy.

Significance

Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • Peace of mind
Shlokas

Daivi Hyesa Gunamayi Mama Maya Duratyaya Mameva Ye Prapadyante Mayametam Taranti Te

Meaning -According to this sloka, the heavenly maya of God is very complicated, but those who worship God will be able to overcome it.

Balam Balavatam Caham Kamaragavivarjitam Dharmaviruddho Bhutesu Kamo'smi Bharatarsabha

Meaning -According to this sloka, God is the isolated and aloof strength of the controlling and virtuous craving in men.

Ye Caiva Sattvika Bhava Rajasastamasasca Ye Matta Everti Tanviddhi Na Tvaham Tesu Temayi

Meaning -According to this sloka, though the only source of satva, rajas and tamas (good, obsessive and dark) elements is God, they are not present within the God or the deity.

Tribhirgunamayairbhavairebhih Sarvamidam Jagat Mohitam Nabhijanati Mamebhyah Paramavyayam

Meaning -According to this sloka, the entire world doesn't recognize the eternal God beyond them, because they are consumed by the elements of satva, rajas and tamas (good, obssessive and dark).

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