Gunung Batur and Pura Besakih


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March 11th 2008
Published: June 21st 2017
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a - Gunung Batur cratera - Gunung Batur cratera - Gunung Batur crater

I really don't prey, so it was really special to be here in this place where I don't belong, and asking something from a god who doesn't know me. But I can only imagine Siva's smile being like all the other Balinese folks, so it wasn't hard to feel ok about it.
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In the afternoon, after the morning's cremation ceremony, Faith, Timshell, Made, Ketut and I hopped back in the jeep and headed up the Gunung Batur volcano. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Batur) It's the largest and most sacred volcano on Bali, it's erupted two in the last 100 years. At the top is a big crater, with two big summits inside it, and also a big fresh water lake.

We had lunch on the crater rim at a little local warung (warung = bodega, general store, restaurant place). The warung had a patio with tables overlooking the volcanoes crater, lake and middle summits (I'm sure there is a name for the large hills that sit in the middle of a volcano's crater, I just don't know it)

After lunch, we drove back down the volcano a little ways to Pura Besakih. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Besakih) It's the largest and most holy temple in Bali. We got there just as the sun was setting, it supposed to be the best place on the island to see sunset. Unfortunately as our guide put it, the weather was unfriendly, and it was really foggy. We couldn't see the big volcano backdrop to the temple, fog, and we couldn't see the majestic beach
b - Gunung Batur Craterb - Gunung Batur Craterb - Gunung Batur Crater

Here you can see the Crater Lake on the right, part of the crater rim behind it. And the two or three mountains left over from old eruptions in the middle of the volcano's crater. You can really see the scale of the volcano here. It's a big one.
below (fog) and we really didn't get a sunset (fog). Take a look at the pics anyway; the fog adds a spooky element to the visit.

I'm going to try to visit the temple again on the trip south from Lovina. There is a big, once a year, temple ceremony happening on March 19th at the temple. And seeing as I have to be in Kuta on the 20th to visit Sha, it seems fortuities that I should spend the 19th on the volcano at the temple. We'll see what happens.


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c - Close up of the lake and some housesc - Close up of the lake and some houses
c - Close up of the lake and some houses

I really don't prey, so it was really special to be here in this place where I don't belong, and asking something from a god who doesn't know me. But I can only imagine Siva's smile being like all the other Balinese folks, so it wasn't hard to feel ok about it.
d - Close up of the mountains inside the volcanod - Close up of the mountains inside the volcano
d - Close up of the mountains inside the volcano

I really don't prey, so it was really special to be here in this place where I don't belong, and asking something from a god who doesn't know me. But I can only imagine Siva's smile being like all the other Balinese folks, so it wasn't hard to feel ok about it.
f - Faith, Timshell and I at Gunung Batur!f - Faith, Timshell and I at Gunung Batur!
f - Faith, Timshell and I at Gunung Batur!

I really don't prey, so it was really special to be here in this place where I don't belong, and asking something from a god who doesn't know me. But I can only imagine Siva's smile being like all the other Balinese folks, so it wasn't hard to feel ok about it.
g - Timshell looking amazing =)g - Timshell looking amazing =)
g - Timshell looking amazing =)

I really don't prey, so it was really special to be here in this place where I don't belong, and asking something from a god who doesn't know me. But I can only imagine Siva's smile being like all the other Balinese folks, so it wasn't hard to feel ok about it.
h - the expanse of towers at Pura Besakihh - the expanse of towers at Pura Besakih
h - the expanse of towers at Pura Besakih

I really don't prey, so it was really special to be here in this place where I don't belong, and asking something from a god who doesn't know me. But I can only imagine Siva's smile being like all the other Balinese folks, so it wasn't hard to feel ok about it.
i - Folks leaving templei - Folks leaving temple
i - Folks leaving temple

Just as we arrive, a ceremony was ending (translation = church was getting out) and all the folks were descending the main temple stairs.
j - Folks decending *carefully*j - Folks decending *carefully*
j - Folks decending *carefully*

Nothing is flat in Bali. And no stairs are even or reasonable paced. These are steep!
k - I said some hello's in Balanise is they passedk - I said some hello's in Balanise is they passed
k - I said some hello's in Balanise is they passed

I really don't prey, so it was really special to be here in this place where I don't belong, and asking something from a god who doesn't know me. But I can only imagine Siva's smile being like all the other Balinese folks, so it wasn't hard to feel ok about it.
l - And everyone loved it!  I made new friends!l - And everyone loved it!  I made new friends!
l - And everyone loved it! I made new friends!

I really don't prey, so it was really special to be here in this place where I don't belong, and asking something from a god who doesn't know me. But I can only imagine Siva's smile being like all the other Balinese folks, so it wasn't hard to feel ok about it.
m - Too much fun!m - Too much fun!
m - Too much fun!

I really don't prey, so it was really special to be here in this place where I don't belong, and asking something from a god who doesn't know me. But I can only imagine Siva's smile being like all the other Balinese folks, so it wasn't hard to feel ok about it.
n - These two wanted their own picture =)n - These two wanted their own picture =)
n - These two wanted their own picture =)

I really don't prey, so it was really special to be here in this place where I don't belong, and asking something from a god who doesn't know me. But I can only imagine Siva's smile being like all the other Balinese folks, so it wasn't hard to feel ok about it.
o - A temple guradian at Pura Besakiho - A temple guradian at Pura Besakih
o - A temple guradian at Pura Besakih

I really don't prey, so it was really special to be here in this place where I don't belong, and asking something from a god who doesn't know me. But I can only imagine Siva's smile being like all the other Balinese folks, so it wasn't hard to feel ok about it.
p - Pura Besakih signagep - Pura Besakih signage
p - Pura Besakih signage

I really don't prey, so it was really special to be here in this place where I don't belong, and asking something from a god who doesn't know me. But I can only imagine Siva's smile being like all the other Balinese folks, so it wasn't hard to feel ok about it.
q - Me at Pura Besakih!q - Me at Pura Besakih!
q - Me at Pura Besakih!

I really don't prey, so it was really special to be here in this place where I don't belong, and asking something from a god who doesn't know me. But I can only imagine Siva's smile being like all the other Balinese folks, so it wasn't hard to feel ok about it.
r - The main temple to prayr - The main temple to pray
r - The main temple to pray

For a small donation we could buy an offering, and were allowed into the main temple to prey. A priest preyed with us and walked us through the protocol.
s - It was a really magical experiences - It was a really magical experience
s - It was a really magical experience

I really don't prey, so it was really special to be here in this place where I don't belong, and asking something from a god who doesn't know me. But I can only imagine Siva's smile being like all the other Balinese folks, so it wasn't hard to feel ok about it.
t - Blessings with holy watert - Blessings with holy water
t - Blessings with holy water

We each got water flicked on our heads, and drank the three dollops that were placed in our hands. It was really incredible to be part of the ceremony that I had watched as a tourist only the week before in Ubud.
u - My turn for blessingsu - My turn for blessings
u - My turn for blessings

I really don't prey, so it was really special to be here in this place where I don't belong, and asking something from a god who doesn't know me. But I can only imagine Siva's smile being like all the other Balinese folks, so it wasn't hard to feel ok about it.
v - And holy waterv - And holy water
v - And holy water

I really don't prey, so it was really special to be here in this place where I don't belong, and asking something from a god who doesn't know me. But I can only imagine Siva's smile being like all the other Balinese folks, so it wasn't hard to feel ok about it.
w -  And I'm blessed.....w -  And I'm blessed.....
w - And I'm blessed.....

I really don't prey, so it was really special to be here in this place where I don't belong, and asking something from a god who doesn't know me. But I can only imagine Siva's smile being like all the other Balinese folks, so it wasn't hard to feel ok about it.
x - The sut has set at Pura Besakihx - The sut has set at Pura Besakih
x - The sut has set at Pura Besakih

I really don't prey, so it was really special to be here in this place where I don't belong, and asking something from a god who doesn't know me. But I can only imagine Siva's smile being like all the other Balinese folks, so it wasn't hard to feel ok about it.
y - The lights played tricks in the fogy - The lights played tricks in the fog
y - The lights played tricks in the fog

I really don't prey, so it was really special to be here in this place where I don't belong, and asking something from a god who doesn't know me. But I can only imagine Siva's smile being like all the other Balinese folks, so it wasn't hard to feel ok about it.
z - Faith in the midstz - Faith in the midst
z - Faith in the midst

I really don't prey, so it was really special to be here in this place where I don't belong, and asking something from a god who doesn't know me. But I can only imagine Siva's smile being like all the other Balinese folks, so it wasn't hard to feel ok about it.


12th March 2008

Fog? These pics are amazing, even with the fog! You look so pretty too!!
13th March 2008

from Mom I watched the sideshow of your photos...beautiful. You have such a 'good eye.' I loved your look in the blue and white outfit. You are looking so healthy and happy. Warms a Mom's heart......
28th March 2008

Re: from Mom Thanks for the comments everybody! I love that you are all taking this trip with me!
28th March 2008

Re: WOW!! Beautiful Pictures Thanks Auntie, it feels really awesome from here, and I know in 20years when I look back over these pics they'll be even cooler then! Glad you are coming along for the ride!

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