There is a historical temple in the middle of densely populated settlements in Malang

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Malang Regency keeps a number of historical relics from the royal period. One of them is Singosari Temple which is located in the middle of a residential area.

Did you know, apart from Borobudur Temple and Prambanan Temple, there are still many temples in other areas that can be visited. However, not all temples seem to be as lucky as Borobudur and Prambanan which stand on a large area.

Singosari Temple, for example. The temple, which is located in Candirenggo Village, Singosari District, Malang, is positioned close to residents’ houses. The location is close to the road so it is difficult for vehicles to park.

However, this situation does not dampen the desire of tourists to come there. From monitoring detik.comThursday (23/6/2022) there were a number of families who visited Singosari Temple in this school holiday season.

Singosari Temple. Photo: Putu Intan/detikcom

According to the caretaker of Singosari Temple, Hari Kusno Singosari Temple is a relic of the Singosari Kingdom which was built around 1300 AD. This temple is in the shape of a square with the uniqueness of the top having a relief while at the bottom it is fairly plain.

This is inseparable from the way the temple was built, which uses a system of piling andesite stones and then dredging them. Relief engraving is done from the top first to the bottom. Thus, there is a possibility that this temple has not been completed yet.

Singosari Temple has a Hindu-Buddhist pattern and is used to honor the last king of the Singosari Kingdom, King Kertanegara.

“This Singosari Temple was built as a place for King Kertanegara to pray. This prayer means that if a Hindu dies, his body is burned, then one of the ashes is placed in this temple,” said Hari.

Singosari TempleSingosari Temple. Photo: Putu Intan/detikcom

When traveling there, visitors are prohibited from going up to the temple. The goal is to prevent damage.

Temples may only be climbed for research purposes and religious rituals. Hari said that until now Singosari Temple is often visited by Hindus to perform rituals.

“Before COVID-19, there was a Nyepi day celebration once a year. A worship ritual was used, praying here after the red date. There was also a burning ogoh-ogoh event,” he said.

Singosari Temple can be visited from 07.00 – 16.00 WIB. Tourists are not charged a certain fee to enter the temple area, only voluntary money.

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