Photographer's Note

Travelling 25 km east of Singaraja, we reached a unique seaside temple, the Pura Ponjok Batu. The Ponjok Batu Temple (ponjok batu meaning pile of stones) is perched on a rocky cliff next to a beach.

The Pura Ponjok Batu is a temple to pray for safety and good luck. The Balinese who travel past will always make time to stop at the temple to pray, and to receive blessings for safety during their journey.

The temple is at an elevation and reached by climbing about 20-25 steps from the road, while the beach is a good 30 steps below the road level. There was a ceremony or festival going on in the temple and our driver Ngurah and myself decided to go in.

Upon ascertaining my religion & caste, & after being "cleansed" by the priest, I entered the temple complex wearing a sarong & salempot (waist sash).

I took a stroll within the big complex and saw traditionally priests in white and ladies offering their prayers in front of a huge stone edifices (seen in the BG). The complex was decorated with Penjors , yellow & white flags & festoons and other festival ornamentation, mostly made of reed, with the frangipani trees (one can be seen on the right) adding to the beauty. Three priests dressed in white can be seen sitting on the left. It was a revering and fascinating atmosphere, as the gamelan music began to float in.

I think that this was the Odalan ceremony, which is the Anniversary Day of the temple. This celebration happens every 210 days, which is the duration of a Balinese calender year. The celebration lasts about a week & on those days, there is a carnival like atmosphere around the temple area.

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