Monday, February 4, 2013

Indonesia Temple: Bangkal Temple (Candi Bangkal) in East Java

Being among the field owned by residents, Bangkal temple location is still easy to visit because it is not far from the village roads were still impassable four-wheeled vehicles. A cement road connects the entrance of the temple with village main road.

It's a little bit hard to find the location of the temple, because the existing general map / sold in bookstores, not giving the exact location. Fortunately, the unique shape and height with the dominant red color makes it look pretty clear among green fields from a distance.

The temple located in the village Kambangsari, District Ngoro, Mojokerto. Red brick was the main ingredient to made the temple. Currently the condition is much eroded / cut / chunk in some corners.

Despite the overall condition, the temple is still looks pretty clear. It's just at the top, it seems no longer intact, it may have collapsed before. Reliefs that are on the walls of the temple's foot can still be seen quite clearly, and also some statues of Banaspati that exist in the body wall of the temple was seen attached to the place. There are total of six Banaspati statues, which is 3 at the entrance (west), and each on the other sides.

Inside of the temple, which is in the middle it was plastered relief Batara Surya who rode a horse. This reminds me of a similar relief I've ever seen in Jawi Temple and Badut Temple. They have a similar themes, but Jawi and Badut Temple made from andesit stone.

In front of this temple there are a pile of bricks that was expected to be a part of the temple's gate. While the northern side of the temple there are still some andesitic rocks that littered the specific forms. Possible andesite rock is expected to be a part of decoration and the temple.

Bangkal temples have been built between the 13th and 14th centuries AD. Like most other temples, temple of Bangkal has a symmetrical pattern on the architecture.

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