The Mysterious Candi Cetho

Trip Start Apr 01, 2013
Trip End Apr 13, 2013

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Cetho Temple

Flag of Indonesia  , Central Java,
Monday, April 8, 2013


 Unlike the other Hindu temples, this 15th century temple seems mysterious and has a strong spiritual aura. Beside its calm, quite and beautiful scenery, a trip to Cetho temple is challenging and arouses adrenaline. In Java language, cetho means clear or pure. Thriving over 1400 meters above the sea level on the slope of the Mount Lawu, Cetho Temple can only be reached by a narrow pavement road which is steep and curve. The anxiety and afraid would be paid off when you reach the temple complex. The mild mountain air and the breakthrough scenery would accompany your trip enjoying the temple.
The gatekeeper statues look like pre historic statues. The temple, standing on a terraces land, was built at the end of the Majapahit Kingdom under the Brawijaya V reign. In one of the terraces, there is a rock stacked with a carved of the sun depicting the Majapahit's Sun, the symbol of Majapahit kingdom. This temple was first discovered as the stones ruin with 14 terraces. However 13 terraces left, 9 of them have been renovated.
 As a place to worship the Siva god, this temple is decorated with a phallus statue as a symbol of Siva. There are also statues of Brawijaya V, his advisors and a configuration of 2 meters rocks in lingga and yoni shapes. The main building, trapezoid shape, is located on the highest terrace. Until this time, Cetho Temple is still used by the societies for a worship ritual place. They put their ritual sesajen (offerings, Javanese) on the statues and walks to the highest terrace for doing their ritual. 

Around 300 meters above, we saw the worship place which seems more like a garden. The main building is an open field with stone floor. A Saraswati Godess statue stands elegantly on a pond. With the background of pine trees, the Godness of knowledge donated from Bali province shines magical aura. On the left side, there is a narrow road pointing to Sendang Pundi Sari (Pundi Sari pond). Long time ago, Sendang Pundi Sari was functioned as a place for self-purifying/cleaning before we went to pray in the temple.  
Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday: 09.00 a.m. to 05.00 p.m.
Domestic visitor: IDR 2,500
Foreign visitor: IDR 10,000

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