Three TemplesOctober 2008
People at home may remember October 8 as the day of the lunar eclipse. In Bali, that full moon (which is the subject of a ceremony each month) and its eclipse happened to coincide with an annual holiday, Pagerwesi, during with Balinese people focus on strengthening their minds and souls against the forces of evil and disorder in life. When we heard about that conjunction of events, we knew it would be a perfect time to visit a complex of three temples just outside Pemuteran.
One temple is set at the base of a cliff and is commonly visited by wild monkeys. Across the road, a second temple is built on a rocky outcropping over the shore. It's a beautiful place to watch the sun setting over the ocean and the mountains of Java. At the base of the second temple, on the beach, is a third holy site. It consists of some very old rock formations or statues thought to depict human figures. With the sea at a very low full-moon tide, we were able to get right up to them. (We didn't stay at the temples long enough to see the moon rise or the eclipse, but we got a nice view, though no photos, of that while at dinner back in town.)