Candi Prambanan or Candi Rara Jonggrang is a 9th-century Hindu temple compound in  Central Java, Indonesia, dedicated to the  Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

 The Prambanan temple is the largest Hindu temple of ancient Java.Originally there were a total of 240 temples in Prambanan

The Prambanan temple complex consists of three zones; first the outer zone, second the middle zone that contains hundreds of small temples, and third the holiest inner zone that contains eight main temples and eight small shrines.

The central zone is the holiest and has eight main shrines or candi. The three main shrines are dedicated to three Gods: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva .


Shiva temple with five chambers, central chamber and four in each cardinal direction is the largest , 47 metres high  and 34 metres wide. Chamber on the East connects to the Central chamber that contains Shiva statue measuring 3 metres in height.The other three smaller chambers contain statues of Hindu Gods related to Shiva; his consort  Durga,  Rishi Agastya, and Ganesha,

Brahma temple contains the statue of Brahma and Vishnu temple houses the statue of Vishnu. Brahma and Vishnu temple are 33 metres high and 20 metres wide.

The other three shrines in front of three main temples are dedicated to vehicle (vahana) of the respective gods – the bull Nandi for Shiva, the sacred swan Hamsa for Brahma, and Garuda for Vishnu. Besides Nandi there are statues of Chandra the God of moon and Surya the God of sun.

All these temples were designed in the shape of Mahameru inside which people could sit and meditate.