Pawon Temple

Pawon temple is also known as Brajanalan temple. The name of the pawon is allegedly from the word “awu” (ash) so that the Pawon temple is suspected as a storage place for the ashes of King Indra (AD 728 – 812), the father of King Samaratungga of the Syailendra dynasty.

Pawon temple facing to the west, Above the doorstep there are Kalamakara ornaments  without lower jaw.

On the front wall of the temple, to the north and south of the entrance, there is a recess containing relief depicting Kuwera (God of Wealth) in a standing position. The sculpture on the south of the door was damaged so that it was no longer visible in its original form. The sculpture in the north of the door is relatively intact, only the heads are destroyed.

On the north and south walls of the temple there is the same relief, which depicts Kinara and Kinari, a pair of human-headed birds, standing flanking Kalpataru trees that grow in a vase. Around the tree lay some money coins. In the sky were a pair of flying humans. At the top of the wall there is a pair of small windows that serve as ventilation. Between the two ventilation holes there are relief of Kumuda.

Sambisari Temple

It is a Hindu temple of Shiva that was built in the early 9th century by Rakai Garung, the King of Mataram Hindu of the Syailendra dynasty.

Sambisari temple stands about 7 meters from the ground. According to estimates, the temple was buried by sand and rocks of the mountain of Merapi in 1006 AD.

Sambisari temple consists of one main temple and three temples Perwara (guardian) located in front of the main temple. Continue reading “Sambisari Temple”