Pile of Bricks in Bojonegoro Presumed to be Ancient Hindu Temple


TEMPO Interactive, Bojonegoro:A pile of old red bricks discovered in the tourist destination of Kayangan Api of Sendangharjo Village in Ngasem Sub-districts of Bojonegoro, East Java, is presumed to be the ruins of a temple from the Majapahit era, around the 1400-1500. The archaeological team from the University of Indonesia, which spent six days excavating the site, said that they recognized the temples characteristics from its structure and surrounding area.

Archeologist Ali Akbar is convinced that the temple was used to honor the god Agni or fire god because it is located near a natural fire source. This could be the only one in Java, he said. He suggested continuing the research because the excavation only covered an area of 25 square meters..

The Bojonegoro Cultural Office director, Djindan Muhdin, said that they will support a follow-up research by preparing a budget of up to Rp60 million.

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