Prambanan: Meditating Lokapala

Lokapala in the Shiva Temple in Prambanan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Bas relief of Lokapala Meditating

Meditating Lokapala
This intricately carved story panel with three frames is one of the most beautiful bas-reliefs in Prambanan located 11 miles northeast of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. At the center is Lokapala (means guardian of the world in Sanskrit) sitting on a beautifully decorated throne. With his eyes closed and right hand holding an akshaamala (prayer beads), he appears to be is in a state of deep meditation.

To the left and right of Lokapala are the frames with the sculptural relief of three figures – most likely demigods – engaged in some activities, perhaps debating or teaching.

Although Prambanan is a Hindu temple complex, a strong Buddhist influence is seen in this relief.

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Prambanan, Borobudur, Bali, Indonesia
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