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Selagriya Temple

Selagriya Temple

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Address : Kembangkuning, Windusari, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia

Koordinat GPS : -7.425964,110.177457


A. Overview

Selagriya Temple is one of the historical as well as natural tourism objects located in Magelang Regency, Central Java. The temple, the archeological remains of the big time of the Hindu kingdom, is estimated to be as old as the temples found in Kedu and Dieng Plateau, built around the eighth century by the dynasty of Sanjaya. It lies more or less 648 meters above the sea level and 24 kilometers to the northwest of the Borobudur Temple.

The temple was found for the first time in 1835 by Hartman, the Resident of Magelang during the Dutch Colonial. At the time it was found, the condition was wrecked and many stones that had been the parts of the temple were not around. On Hartman’s initiative, a team was made to reconstruct the missing parts. The temple that is on the hillsides of Sukorini and Giyanti, the east side of Sumbing Mount Sumbing, is remote from the residential area and hidden among the hills. It indicates the prediction that the temple was built as a house of worship for the Hindu priests who at that time prefers to live in a remote place.

B. Features

As a natural and historical tourism object, Selagriya Temple is attractive to visit. The first feature to see is the beautiful view of mountains along the lane leading to the location. The trip passing through spread out terraced fields along the side of Mount Sumbing and the twitters of wild birds seem to be the cure for tiredness after an approximately three-kilometer trip.

As soon as you reach the location, you find a unique view, that is to see the relatively tiny size of Selagriya Temple—compared to other Hindu temples around Kedu. The shape is a cross of 5.2 x 5.2 meters and 4.9 meters high. There is simply an empty chamber inside. The chamber was likely to be the place of lingga or yoni, symbols of Shiva. On the four walls of the temple, there are niches for the statues of avatars.

Because of the position that is on the hillsides and near the spring and the river, Selagriya Temple is regarded as the representation of Hindu values. Hinduism believes that gods dwell in high places. As for the water, it symbolizes prosperity as well as purity. Therefore, the restoration did not change the location of the temple because if it was moved the spiritual meaning would disappear.

C. Location

Selagriya Temple is situated in Campurejo Hamlet, Kembangkuning Village, Windusari District, Magelang Regency, Central Java Province, Indonesia.

D. Access

From Magelang, the location of Selagriya Temple is about 15 kilometers through Bandongan or Windusari Sub-district. From the highway of Windusari-Bandongan in Kembangkuning Village, the temple is about 3 kilometers far. From Kembangkuning Village, the temple can be reached on foot. But the three-kilometer trip seems to be not so tiring because you will be comforted by the natural beauty of the mountain scene.

E. Ticket

There is no admission charge.

F. Accommodations and Other Facilities

Since it lies on the mountainside and is far enough from the residential area, around the temple there are not yet any accommodations nor other facilities. The nearest place to provide them is Magelang Town, about 15 kilometers from the temple. There you can find hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, souvenir shops, houses of prayer, etc.

Text: Afthonul Afif
Photo(s): Collection of Jogjatrip.com
Translation: Al-Amri Arif Sandy
(Primary data and various sources)

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