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Tegawangi Temple - Before 1388 AD

Jakarta (Dreamland Library) - Tegawangi Temple is located in Tegowangi Village, Plemahan District, Kediri Regency, about 24 Km from Kediri City.

Its location is somewhat hidden in a residential area, about 1 km from the highway, but the environment around the temple is neatly arranged.

This Hindu temple is estimated to have been built in the late 14th century by order of King Hayam Wuruk. The purpose of its development is to meruwat (eliminate badness) Bhre Matahun, cousin of Raja Hayam Wuruk.

The name Tegawangi is listed in the Pararaton Book, which says that Bre Matahun who died in 1310 Saka (1388 AD) was recited in Tigawangi.

Tegawangi Temple faces west, with a square bottom covering an area of ​​11.20 m with a height estimated at 4.29 m.

Thus, the temple which was built from andesite stone is larger in size compared to Surawana Temple which is also found in Kediri. The damage suffered by this temple is more severe than that experienced by Surawana Temple, because at this time only the body is still intact and a small part of its body.

On the cheek of the ladder there is a sculpture depicting a drummer. The lower part of the temple's foot is decorated with sculptured panels with tendrils, flowers and a gana that are placed alternately.

The foot wall of the temple is decorated with very fine reliefs, which contain stories from the Song of Sudamala. Relief with this Sudamala story reinforces the suspicion that Tegawangi Temple was built for the purpose of maintenance. Relief that contains the story of Sudamala is also found in Sukuh Temple.

In the southeast corner of the temple courtyard there is a line of stone ruins of the temple which has still not been successfully returned to its original place. Among them there are also several statues, including the Parwati statue.

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