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Ganesha statue

The Arca Ganesa or Ganesha statue is a Ganesha structure as a historical heritage site in Kewu plain in the Sambirejo hills, Dawangsari Sub-village, Sambirejo Village, Prambanan District, Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta Province, Indonesia. This site stands south of Pura Dharma Shanti and is hidden in trees and shrubs.

The statue is about 3 meters high, 2.5 meters long, 2.5 meters wide, and faces west. This Ganesha statue is made of hard rock that is found around the Sambirejo hills and the making is done directly carving rock in the hills.

Dlium Ganesha statue

Arca Ganesa have long been hundreds or thousands of years abandoned in the forest and have suffered severe damage. The head does not form a facial shape anymore, but still looks the trunk sculptures below, distended abdomen, and legged legs. This site has been restored and the perimeter security fence.

Suspected damage to rock material is easily eroded by water, wind and tree branches. The cause of damage by biological factors is probably due to the influence of humans and fungi that aggravate rocks. There is no specific treatment to prevent damage and do not have further information about this site.



Ganesha is one of the famous gods in Hinduism and has the title of the God of knowledge and intelligence, a protective god, a disaster-repelling god and a god of wisdom. Paintings and sculptures are found in various parts including India, Indonesia, Nepal and Tibet.

Reliefs, statues and paintings often depict elephant-headed, four-armed and fat-bodied. Ganesha is also known as Bhatara Gana, Ganapati, Winayaka and Pilleyar. This figure is considered as one of Shiva's sons. Various sects within Hinduism adore it without regard to the group. Worship is so extensive that it is carried out by Jaina and Buddhists.

Although known to have many attributes, an elephant-shaped head makes it easy to recognize. Ganesha is famous as "the exorcist of all obstacles" and is more commonly known as "God when starting work", "Protector of art and science", and "God of intelligence and wisdom".



This deity was honored to start a ceremony and was called as a protector of writing for the purpose of writing in the ceremony. Ganesha emerged as a certain deity with a character that was typical in the 4th to 5th century AD during the Gupta period, although inherited in pre-Vedic traits.

Fame rose rapidly and entered among the five main deities in Smarta's teachings in the 9th century. The cult of worshipers called Ganapatya who considered Ganesha the main deity, emerged during that period. The main books dedicated to Ganesha are Ganesha Purana, Mudgalapurana, and Ganapati Atharwashirsa.

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