Balinese Saraswathi Temple On Mount Lawu

Trip Start Feb 15, 2012
Trip End Feb 20, 2012

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Novotel Yogyakarta
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Flag of Indonesia  , Central Java,
Friday, February 17, 2012

From the earlier visited Cetho Temple, we planned to visit the Saraswathi Temple. Actually, this temple is located slightly higher from the Cetho Temple, on the same mountain.

There was a side entrance from the Cetho Temple heading to the local village and from there, we had to hike another 500 meters to reach this temple. The best part is that it was not a paved way but a serious trek through the pine forests. It was a difficult climb but as the weather was fine, we did not feel the sweat trickling through our skins. 

Finally, we reached the compound of this temple. This Saraswathi Statue was donated by an individual from Bali Island, Indonesia around 40 years ago. The surrounding of this temple was absolutely beautiful. 


There is a small water pond used for purification purpose before entering this temple. This pond is called Pundi Sari Pond. I believe the word Pundi came from the Sanskrit language which means pond. 

There is no other shrines here beside the main idol. Here, Goddess Saraswathi is in a standing posture on a lotus pond. However, the statue here looks very elegant and She looks absolutely exquisite as opposed to the South Indian way of depicting Goddess Saraswathi. 



In Javanese Hinduism, Goddess Saraswathi is known as the keeper of the 64 arts. In the South Indian culture, Goddess Saraswathi is also known as the Goddess of education however, here in Java, Lord Ganesha is known as the Lord of Education. That is the only slight difference. 

The entire place emitted a great aura so much so, we resisted leaving this place but then as the fog came in, we were forced to leave here else we may loose track when trekking down the pine forest. 

After a 30 minute trek, we reached the base where the car is parked. The last few steps were easy to do as actual flight of stairs were built as we neared the village. Here we could also see rows and rows of tea and vegetation being planted by the locals. It was great to see how clean these temples were as this level of cleanliness, is difficult to see even in Malaysia. 




Once we reached the base, we headed to a coffee shop run by a local villager and had a quick drink before heading out of this mountain region. From here, we have another long drive heading to the city of Yogyakarta where once again, we would be passing through the city of Solo while heading South west of Java. 

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Jay on

Oh my god, the statue of Goddess Saraswati is simply beautiful!!! SHE looks very elegant bro! Nothing like what we see in the usual Hindu paintings. Something extraordinary!!!

Jay on

The weather looks truly wonderful bro!

srirsridhar2 on

nice temple at green surroundings ....but not much tourists to be seen around.... great atmosphere

venoth on

Hi Jay, very true bro. I was admiring the beauty of the idol and the effort that the sculptor must have put. It was truly a work from his heart bro!

venoth on

It was excellent weather Jay. If I could move my office here, I would surely live here. I dont see any reason for stress, no traffic, clean mountain air.....truly a place that I would love to live! Hehehe

venoth on

It was a beautiful place Sridhar. Very true. All the temples I had visited (except for that of Prambanan and Borobudur) are not common places that tourists visit. They usually go more for the basic attractions plus shopping. These temples were specifically researched and selected by me. Only those truly interested in the cultural and historical trail would visit these locations. In fact, many tourists companies don't even know if the existence of these temples in Java. I had to pre plan the entire journey and enlighten the company with the numerous roads and locations of these specific places that I wanted to visit. Took me quite a bit on my phone bill cost but surely worth it. hehehe

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