These temples must be repaired carefully and properly ASAP. The world wants to see Borobudur AND Prambanan. It is a world treasure. One of the reasons I wish to visit Java is to see these temples. It is part of Java’s link with ancient Southern India.
I visited this temple on the 17th of may 2008. some works are still going on and the whole main temples were cordoned off as it was considered to be unsafe.
I planned this trip to so that i could admire and appreciate the craftsmanship of the ancient hindus which is blended wwith the local culture.
Also to see the abode of the trimurthis and their “vaganam” (vechicle). which I have not seen else where.
It was a disappointment not only to me but also to the other touirsts who were there.. Hopefully restoration works can be done at the earliest.
Prambanan is majority unrepaired as it stands prior to the quake.
Literally hundreds of small temples lay about in ruins.
But now the main shrines have very serious structural problems.
The solution should be like what we had done to Brodobudur and UNESCO- full excavation and deconstruction with replacement of the earth with very thick earthquake proof floating slab.
Then Borobudur built piece by piece on top of the floating slab.
Borobudur and Prambanan are also excellent example of Javanese engineering and traditional architecture- despite the superficial resemblance to Indian- there are aslo many factors which make them uniquely Javanese.
One important element- not known to Western- is specific use of Javanese measurement and scale.
Every single measurement in these building is based on the body of the original architect.
We still see this often today with our very traditional carpenter and stone mason.
Some measurements include:
fingers (as widths)-
thumbs up sign (distance between base of fist to top of thumb)
thumbs up with extended pinky (tip of thumb to tip of pinky)
tip of finger to elbow crease
tip of finger to wrist crease
Prambanan like temples of Giza, were all built using canal of bamboo tube filled with water, string and body parts as measurement.
Also- the temples are specifically made to appear more grandiose than they are- the human concept of focal point is frequently tricked as the towers are made to taper as if they are much higher than they truly are- logarithmically- exactly like the Greek Parthenon.
Also- most straight lines are actually very subtle curves.
This is why Prambaban especially has a very natural and human scale- and particularly appealing to our eyes- and probably why it is not so earthquake proof.
So- Western archeologists and advisor more than welcome to help assist investigation of such magnificent example of Indonesian ingenuity.
It is pleasure to see the Prambanan Temples,which was recently covered by our India Media
Id like see the same ,I wish to write a letter to Hon’ble Primie Minister of Indonesia to perform
poojas and archanas in the Prambanan temples,by emienet preists as per the the
‘D NO 3-9-78
ANDHRA PRADESH STATE