Manjusrigrha inscription

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The Manjusrigrha inscription is an inscription dated 714 Saka (792 CE), written in Old Malay with Old Javanese script. The inscription was discovered in 1960 on the right side of stairs entrance of Sewu pervara (guardian or complementary smaller temple) no. 202 on west side. Sewu temple is located approximately 800 meters north of Prambanan temple, Central Java, Indonesia. The inscription was carved on an andesite stone block measured 71 cm x 42 cm x 29 cm.


The inscrition is written in 16 lines. Translated by Kusen:[citation needed]

"In the year 714 Saka, Karttika month, day 14 Paroterang, Friday, Nas, Pon, Dang Nayaka Dirandalurawa has completed (the renovation of) a prasada named Vajrasana Manjusrigrha. Satisfied the heart of those whom working together. After the Dang Hyang Dasadisa being completed in this noble effort. Many people from all directions came to marvel this homage (building) from those whom already died and gave their sacrifice. From all directions people attended. All the creature, the kanayakan dwellers, all the protected beings, all the villagers that contribute in this auspicious effort seem very happy (satisfied) with the completion of Manjusrigrha, buildings with beautiful pinaccle. This Prasada was presented by Srinaresvara that already manifest into the realm of gods (died). All the poor people, foolish restless slaves, were unable to understand the meaning of Narendra's order as the sarana (means or vehicle?) of the world. I will always uphold his order until death, as well as his works seen by me as a good (carriage) driver. The wisdoms (wits), works, thoughts of my lord are soothing, my lord persistent attention just like unstained food. The fruit (results) of this noble deed were acquired from the guidance of Naresvara upon human beings, and my lord's protection is ultimate".

The inscription mentioned about the renovation of a sacred buddhist building (Prasada) Vajrasana to house the Manjusri. This clearly demonstrates TantrayanaVajrayana buddhism influence. The temple dedicated to Manjusri is identified as Sewu temple, located not far north from Prambanan temple.

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