Cetho Temple...A 13th Century Hindu Temple
Trip Start Feb 15, 2012
25Trip End Feb 20, 2012
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At 1400 meters above sea level, stands this beautiful temple called Cetho Temple, built in the 13th Century by the Majapahit Kingdom which was then under the Brawijaya V reign. By the time we arrived at the top and parked the vehicle at the designated spot, the entire valley was not visible and it was filled with fog.
It was a steep walk up a small cliff heading to the temple, but this was only for a very short distance. And above that, it was quite similar to the earlier temple, only much bigger. Here there were platforms and then a small flight of steps and then a flat terrain with the lingga yoni which spreads over 2 meters length. Here there is also the emblem of the sun which is the symbol of the Majapahit empire. On the whole, there are 14 terraces before one reach the main shrine at the top.
Once we passed the first terrace, there was a statue of the King Brawijaya and his wife. Further up on the second terrace, there is a statue of a guardian deity. On the higher platforms, there are small shrines built to other guardian deities and also that of a Lingga or phallus.
This is a Lord Shiva temple but at the top, what you find is that the main shrine looks similar to that of the Sukuh temple, being like a pyramid in shape without any deities. I was told that though the main shrine is at the top, the main deity is the lingga yoni formation which we saw at the third platform where rituals are performed.
This entire mountain range is filled with villages and all the villagers there are Hindus. Today, this is the only ancient temple that is still active and pujas are still performed on a daily basis. There is also a great influence of Balinese architecture on the entrance doors which are a replica of that commonly found in Balinese temples. In fact, all the houses at this villages also had the similar architecture of entrance.
On the whole this was a beautiful temple. One has to be there in order to experience the serene atmosphere at this temple coupled by the wonderful mountain surroundings and the cool foggy weather. We spent almost 2 hours at this temple and then we moved on to visit another temple which is not far from this temple, the Goddess Saraswathi Temple.
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