Once upon a time there was a stunningly beautiful Princess called Lara Jonggrang. She was so beautiful and lovely that absolutely everybody wanted to get into her knickers.
Voluptuous Lara lived with her mum, the Queen, and her dad, King Prabu Boko in the west wing at Boko Palace, kingdom of Boko. Java, Indonesia. Lara may have been quite lovely, but her dad was a fearsome man-eating giant who ate children for breakfast and whoever else he fancied for his lunch and dinner. In short he was not the sort of man you would want to get the wrong side of.
The neighbouring kingdom to Boko was Pengging. There were no man-eating giants there, just a wise ruler called King Prabu Damar Moyo and his son, Bandung Bondowoso (cool name eh?) who though not gifted with beauty, had been blessed with pretty awesome super-natural powers.
Greedy, man-eating King Prabu Boko, not content with having Indonesia’s most stunning woman as his daughter, a lovely wife and a huge kingdom of loyal subjects to eat and reign over, suddenly decided that he wanted to add Pengging to his empire. He ordered a huge army to be put together under the charge of another giant Patih Gupolo and launched a surprise attack upon his neighbours. Things did not go entirely to plan. Young Bandung Bondowoso, he of the supernatural powers, slayed the man-eating giant Prabu Boko and sent the enemy army packing. It was left to the giant Patih Gupolo to lead the defeated army back to Boko Towers and break the bad news to the Queen and Princess.
On hearing the news of her fathers demise, the distraught Princess sobbed into her long tresses, and the Queen fled weeping to her bed in the East Wing. The Princess was still wailing uncontrollably when Bandung Bondowoso and his army rocked up at Boko Palace and took siege. Despite her red puffy eyes and mascara, streaked face, the Prince fell hopelessly in lust with her and asked her to marry him. I’m sure we all agree that the timing was pretty chronic? First of all they’d only just met and secondly he’d just killed her dad. Lara was not impressed. ‘NO! NO! NO! She shrieked at him but the lusty Prince was not going to take Lara’s NO! for an answer. He showered her with gifts of Cadbury’s Milk Tray (her favourite) and sent her so many bunches of flowers that Interflora was having a struggle keeping up with the orders. And if choc and flowers was not suffice to win her over, he had shipped in, straight from Paris, enough bottles of Chanel No. 5 to last her a life-time. Eventually Princess Lara groaning from so much chocolate and feeling sick from the sight and scent of lilies and Chanel no.5 succumbed, but only on the condition that he build her a 1,000 temples overnight. If he could do that, then and only then would she marry him.
This is when having super-natural powers is an absolute Godsend. As soon as the sun set the Prince and his mighty powers set to work on building the 1,000 temples. But our Princess Lara was a bit of a minx. When word got back to her that Bandung Bondowoso was doing a grand job and had just completed temple no.999 she ordered her subjects to light fires in the east and started grinding up rice. On seeing the light and the activities of the palace staff, the cockerels believed it was dawn and started crowing. At once, the spirits of the night vanished and so too the work on the 1,000th temple.
On finding out the truth, Prince Bandung Bondowoso was mightily pissed off. He immediately turned Princess Lara into a statue and to this day she is immortalised in stone at the Prambanan Temple.