Ijo Temple

Ijo means green. Ijo Temple is a Hindu temple that is estimated to be built between the 10th and 11th centuries. Ijo Temple consists of the main temple, flanking temple and perwara (guardian) temple.

Unlike other temples that usually have one kalamakara, Ijo temple doorstep has two-storied of  Kalamakara. The doorstep was framed with a pair of dragons that stretched down with their heads turned against the door and mouth is gaping. There is a small parrot in the mouth of each dragon.

To reach the door which has high about 120 cm from the ground there is the staircase equipped with a Makara-shaped cheek ladder. The head of the Makara leaned down with a gaping mouth.

In the main room of the temple, there is a phallus that is supported by a creature like a turtle-headed serpent. The creature that comes from this Hindu myth symbolizes the earth buffer.

The union of the phallus and yoni symbolize the unity that is separated between Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. The phallus, which should have stuck at the Yoni is out of place.

Barong Temple

This temple is referred to as the Barong temple because there is a Kala decoration in the recesses of the body of the temple that looks like a Barong. Barong Temple is a Hindu temple relic. Barong Temple is also called as Sari Suragedug Temple. According to the inscription Ratu Baka (856 AD) explains about a King Sri Kumbaja or Sri Kalasodbhava who built three “phallus”, namely Kirtiwasalingga, Triyarbakalingga, and Haralingga with their respective companions Dewi Sri, Dewi Suralaksmi and Dewi Mahalaksmi. Continue reading “Barong Temple”