The local inhabitant discovered the Gebang temple in November 1936 in a
form of Ganesha statue. Based on the finding, the Archeological
Services began to investigate, resulting that the Ganesha statue should
not stand alone, but a part of a building. To follow up the results, a
digging up around the location of the Ganesha statue began. Ruins of
temple roof were found on which a little part of the body and the base
appeared to be intact.
After the digging, an experiment on its
previous construction was carried out. It initiated the reconstruction
even though some substituting stones were used for a part of the body.
The restoration of the Gebang temple was carried out from 1937 to 1939,
led by Prof. Dr. Ir. Van Romondt.
Description of the building of Candi Gebang (Gebang Temple)
squared building of 5.25 x 5.25 m and 7.75 in height has a high
proportion of the feet without any relief on it (plain). There is no
entrance stairs, or it is probably made of wood or other breakable
materials so that nobody has discovered it by now. It becomes one of
its specialties. Another one is that the center point of the temple is
laid on the center point of the temple site.
Inside the body, there
is a room with eastern front on which the Yoni placed. On the right ant
left sides there are the Nandiswara statues, while there is not any
statue in the room of Mahakala. The rooms in the north and south sides
were empty. In the west, statue sitting on a Yoni with its nozzle looks
on the north a Ganesha. On the top, there is a Lingga on a lotus, as
its pad. On the top of it is in a shape of Lingga, namely in
cylindrical. In the roof, there is a small room like a hollow space on
the real room of the temple. In the yard, there is a pseudo-Lingga (or
stakes) on its four corners.
Historical Background of Candi Gebang (Gebang Temple)
has not been assuring historical background on this temple by now. At
least, it is certainly a temple of Hinduism, marked by the existing
Lingga, Yoni, and Ganesha statue. Besides, its high proportional feet
indicate that if comes from an old period (± years 730-800). According
to Van Romondt, however, the Gebang temple was established in the
starting age of "Central Java".