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Gupolo statue

Arca Gupolo or Agastya statue site is a collection of seven Hindu-style statues which are scattered in a valley in Sambirejo Village, Prambanan District, Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta Province, Indonesia. Site in the middle of the forest and surrounded by black bamboo clumps.

Gupolo is the nickname of the locals for the 2 meter high statue of Agastya inside the site. The Agastya statue has been eroded and seems not too perfect, but the trident weapon as a symbol of Lord Shiva is still clearly visible, three reliefs of the human face beside his face and wearing clothes with floral motifs that look faint.

Dlium Gupolo statue

Around the Agastya statue are smaller statues of Hindu gods in a sitting position and currently have no head. Near the statues are a well as a clear spring which is still used by local residents. Gupolo archaeological site in the middle of barren limestone land, but this spring is never dry even though the dry season is long.



The history of the Gupolo Statue is still mysterious today. Some stories were told by local people that Gupolo was the name of the patih or prime minister during the reign of King Ratu Boko. Meanwhile Gupolo is another name for Agastya for a great man, very powerful and respected in Hinduism.



Gupolo earned his nickname as the great teacher by the people and was believed to be the embodiment of Lord Shiva in the world who descended to teach darma. Even his name already exists in the Ramayana and Mahabarata books.

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