Sari temple is located in Bendan hamlet of Tirtamartani
village, Kalasan, Sleman about 10 kilometers from Yogyakarta,
and only around 3 kilometers from Kalasan temple. The temple
is also named after the hamlet where it is situated.
It is estimated that the temple was built at the same
time as Kalasan temple on the 8th century AD during the rule
of King Panangkaran. The two temples indeed have many
similarities either in its architecture or relief. That
these temples are correlated is stated in Kalasan
inscription (700 Saka/778 AD). The inscription mentions that
the spiritual advisors of Syailendra dynasty suggested King
Tejapurnama Panangkarana or Rakai Panangkaran to build a
shrine and a monastery for Buddhist monks. Following the
suggestion, the king built Kalasan temple to the worship of
Dewi Tara Sari temple as a monastery for Buddhist monks.
That Sari temple serves as a monastery is indicated in the
temple’s structures, structural components, and interior.
The bell-shaped stupa on top indicates that this is a
Sari temple was discovered in ruins in the early 20th
century. The first restoration was conducted between 1929
and 1930. Kempers said that the first restoration was not
satisfying, as it failed to restore the temple to its
original form because parts of the temple could not be
found. In addition, parts of the temple had crumbled when
they were discovered.