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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Candi Cangkuang

Before to the location of the temple, visitors will pass through Kampung Pulo which has unique traditions and buildings that are still maintained its authenticity. From the top getek (raft made of bamboo), visitors can see panorama of Natural Situ Cangkuang. Arriving in Long Island, the location where the temple, visitors will be impressed with the cool weather and natural scenery in this area because there is a garden and trees teurep, banyan, and the leafy cottonwoods. Haruman mountain, Mandalawangi mountain, and towering Guntur Mountain, and Situ Cangkuang the watery calm, make the scene in the tourist areas of cultural heritage more exotic and exclusive. In this area, there is a small museum which opened to the public. In this museum, there is a collection of antiques and ancient books of twelve. In addition, there are also documents that tell about the ins and outs of the temple, from the discovery process until the process of restoration. Approximately one meter on the south side of the temple, there is grave Mohammed Arif Grandparent Dalem. That said, Grandparent Arif and his entourage is a messenger of the kingdom of Mataram to fight against VOC in Batavia (now Jakarta). Since losing, they decided not to go back to Mataram and settled in the area that the community Cangkuang that time had embraced Hinduism. Seeing the potential of such a temple and its surroundings, the area is also suitable be used as a place of cultural tourism and nature tourism.

History / myth / legend:
Cangkuang is the name of a type of pandanus trees (Pandanus furcatus), which used the community as a material to make caps, mats, and cover of palm sugar. Along with the rotation time, cangkuang name immortalized as the name of a village and also the name of a lake, the Village Cangkuang and Situ Cangkuang. Later, a temple located in the region are also given the name Cangkuang Temple. Cangkuang Temple was discovered by Prof.. Harsoyo and Drs. Uka Tjandrasasmita, Leles History Research Team, on 19 December 1966. This research was sponsored by Mr. Idji Hatadji, Director of the CV. Haruman. This temple was discovered thanks to the Dutch scientist named Vordeman in Bataviaasch Genootschap report Minutes published in 1893, which mentions the existence of an ancient grave and remains of statues of Lord Shiva in the Leles area. In following research, in the area also found relics of prehistoric times, such as stone tools from the oxidant (stone kendan), fragments of pottery from the Neolithic age, and large stones Megalithic era cultural heritage. Judging from the shape of the building, archaeological experts argue that Cangkuang Temple stood since the 8th century. However, if viewed from the simplicity of decoration, manufacturing techniques, and reports the Chinese legend, is not impossible Cangkuang Temple building has existed since the 7th century, along with the construction of other temples in Java.