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East Java, Tegawangi temple, Tegowangi village, Kediri

East Java, Tegawangi temple,  Tegowangi village, Kediri


Tegawangi temple is situated in Tegowangi village of Plemahan subdistrict around 24 Km from Kediri, East Java. It is around 1 km from access road and hidden among village houses, but the vicinity is well preserved. The Hindu temple is estimated to be built in the end of 14th century by the order of King Hayam Wuruk to purify his cousin Bhre Matahun. It is mentioned in the book of Pararaton that Bre Matahun died in the Javanese year of 1310 (1388 AD) and was buried in Tegawangi. Tegawangi temple faces west, and is laid out on a square base 11.20 m in width and stands 4.29 meter high. The temple is made of andesite stone, bigger than the Surawana temple in Kediri. The temple is in worse condition than the Surawana is, with only the base and small fractions of its body remain. There is a sculpture of drum player on the stairway’s banisters. The bottom of the temple’s foot is decorated with relief of climbing plants, flowers and gana arranged in interchanging pattern. The wall of the temple’s foot is adorned with relief sculptures depicting scenes from Sudamala ballads. The relief proves that Tegawangi temple was built for purification purposes. Similar scenes are also found on Sukuh temple. At the southeastern corner of the temple’s park there are ruins of temples and statues, which have not been restored to their original forms. Some of them are statues, including Parwati statue.

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