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Candi Sambisari was discovered accidentally in 1966 by a farmer working his land. It has since been dug out from its almost 6 m deep burial in volcanic sand. The sand had not perfectly preserved the temple, as my picture of the excavations in 1971 shows. But it did preserve enough parts for an admirable restauration of the main temple. This took many years, the site was declared open for the public in 1987.
Candi Sambisari has been identified as a Shiva temple of the Mataram empire, which means that it was built around 1500 AD. Typical of a Shiva temple are the centerpiece lingam and yoni (stylised male and female genitals) inside the main temple. On the excavation picture they can be seen in the open air.
Entrance fee is your name in the guest book and a voluntary donation (e.g. Rp 10,000).
Another temple nearby was discovered in 1993 (see Candi Kedulan), and one wonders how many still are hidden under the sand.
Directions: Candi Sambisari lies 2.5 km due north from the Yogya-Solo main road. Find the byroad at 1.0 km east of the Adisucipto Airport, or 6 km west from Prambanan.
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