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Sambisari Temple

Sambisari temple located in the village of Sambisari, Purwomartani, Kalasan District, Sleman, Yogyakarta. Sambisari temple was a homage to Shiva and the Hindu temples have been built in the early 9th century AD by Rakai Garung, a Hindu king of Mataram kingdom.

Sambisari temple discovered accidentally by a farmer who was digging in the fields and feel the spade struck a hard object. Once excavated and observed, it is a stone decorated with carvings. Based on these reports, Yogyakarta Archaeological Centre conducted research and excavation. Based on the results of the 1966 study determined that these lands are the ruins of the temple were buried by heaps of sand and rock spewed by Mount Merapi in the year of 1906. Reconstruction and restoration of the temple was completed in 1987.

This temple located about 6.5 meters below ground level, so that the temple would not be visible from a distance. Supposedly, the surface area around the temple is not higher than the land where Sambisari be, but sand and stones carried by the eruption of Mount Merapi in the year 1006 has been dumped. Consequently, Sambisari participate buried and becomes lower than the surrounding ground level. High main temple reaches 7.5 metres, the temple stands on the shelf that housed a square base measuring 13.65 square meters with a height of about 2 meters and a body temple square with an area of ​​5 square metres.