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We met the Bali Belles on the stairs of the seaside temple, Pura Ponjok Batu. These young ladies were going down from the temple complex down to the sea shore. Wearing udung sarongs & lace upper dresses, they were carrying offerings for the gods and the sea.

This unique seaside temple, the Pura Ponjok Batu is located 25 km east of Singaraja in North Bali, and is perched on a rocky cliff next to a beach. It is a temple where people come 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 I was admitted after being ‘cleansed’ after answering to some questions to their satisfaction & also wearing a sarong & salempot (waist sash).

I looked around in awe at the beautiful ceremony or rather I should say ceremonies, in the temple complex, along the sea beach & right at the lap of the sea next to the edifice of the ship. A really spiritual and amazing experience. Then as I clicked, I saw the girl (she was one of the Bali belles) looking back at me...I hope she was not thinking - "Oh, It's him again!!"

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