Candi Pawon (Buddhist temple dated 8th–9th centuries) is one and half kilometers westward from Mendut Temple and eastward from Borobudur Temple on a straight line. The easiest way to visit this place is on the way to/from Borobudur.
Most probably, this temple served to purify the mind prior to ascending Borobudur. Another suggestion is that this temple was probably built as a tomb or mortuary temple for a king. Local people say that the name "Pawon" was taken from a traditional Javanese language, meaning a place for cremation. Also this temple is called "Brajanalan" which comes from the Sanskrit words "Vajra" (thunder) and "Anala" (fire).
The single inner chamber no longer contains a statue, but the decorations indicate that it was once dedicated to Kuvera, the Buddhist God of Fortune. The outer walls are decorated with "Kalpataru" Wishing Trees as the main feature.
It is one of the best jewels of Javanese temple architecture. Must visit place. Entrance looks like free.
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