Friday, January 15, 2010

Java Jamboree: A Majapahit Temple

Get out when you are in Solo. Get out to the mountains. Solo would be a nicer place to visit if you include a trip out to a place like Candi Ceto which is at an elevation of five hundred meters or 1630 ft above sea level. You do not just get to see a splendid view from up there but the temple with 14 terraces intrigues. Said to be a remnant from the Great Majapahit era(1293 to around 1500), this temple which is dedicated to the deity Bima houses tattered fragments of narrative relics. You would be able to see composition representing a tortoise on the back of a huge bat. Up to the late 70s, people still came here to meditate and locals continue to patronise the temple up to this day. When we were there, we were lucky to see a group of Indonesian Hindus making offerings to the deities...


Can you spot the group of devotees, their offering of flowers and the bat and turtle too?















Traveling Tip: Get out!

4 comments:

Thomas C B Chua said...

Very similar to what I saw in Bali. Tks for sharing. Archaeological sites awes me.

footiam said...

Archaelogical sites awe me too. It makes me small thinking that ancient people put in so much sweat and tears into what they believe.

Liudmila said...

Very beautiful. The idea of that two "towers" is so interesting. Such things is possible to find near so non important places...

footiam said...

The 'towers' are the gateways, very typical in Indonesian Hindu temples, esp. in Bali

Have another serving of Travel Pangs!