Wonosobo in Central Java Indonesia holds a place known as Dieng Volcanic Complex where the Dieng Plateau (Marshy) forms the floor of a caldera complex. The plateau holds eight small hindu temples (which were said to be as many as 400 but only eight remain) from the Kalinga Kingdom. The temples are believed to be built in the 7th or 8th century AD and are the oldest known standing stone structures in Java however, the dates of establishment still remain unclear. The temples receive their name from the Hindu Epic Mahabharata.
Dieng is located about 2,903m above sea level and its poisonous effusions and sulphur coloured lakes make it a place worth the Hindu religious tribute. The temples are dedictaed to Lord Shiva and are small shrines built as monuments to the god ancestors. The shrines according to Indian religious texts are miniature cosmic mountains although another study revels little connection in both.
The temples belong to the Dravida and Pallava style temples of South India according to the review published by Romain in 2011. Going by the records the temple was abandoned after volcanic eruptions went common in central Java, the poisonous effusions are now debated to be volcanic activity as a theory yet to be established.
How To Reach Wonosobo
The plateau can be reached by road only. Wonsobo (the main town) can be reached via magelang when starting from Yogyakarta northern bus terminal (5Km from town centre) or southern bus terminal Giwangan (6Km from town centre). Wonsobo can be reached by bus from Purwokerto. Jakarta runs many trains and busses (at night) to Purwokerto with only one bus directly to Wonsobo.
Dieng Plateau Temple,
Central Java, Indonesia.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
The temple is open from 6AM to 9PM.