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Photo Essay: Inside a Balinese Temple Ceremony

May 29, 2013

Lake Batur Temple.  Photo by: Diana O'Gilvie

Lake Batur Temple. Photo by: Diana O’Gilvie

I was privileged to witness a Balinese temple ceremony in Lake Batur.  The iconic twin temples at Lake Batur have been on my Bali bucket list for a while.  The day was overcast and drizzling.  However, this didn’t stop the temple from taking my breath away.  I walked past the temple processions of men and women dressed reverently in brown, white  and yellow sarongs.  I wasn’t dressed appropriately for a temple visit that day, so I posted up just outside the gates and took these photos.

 

Leaving offering to the dieties.  Lake Batur Temple.  Photo by: Diana O'Gilvie

Leaving offering to the dieties. Lake Batur Temple. Photo by: Diana O’Gilvie

 

 

Photo by: Diana O'Gilvie

Photo by: Diana O’Gilvie

 

 

 

Priest dripping holy water from a coconut leaf brush.  Photo by: Diana O'Gilvie

Getting holy water
Photo by: Diana O’Gilvie

 

 

Photo by: Diana O'Gilvie

Priest dripping holy from a coconut leaf brush.Photo by: Diana O’Gilvie

 

 

 

Photo by: Diana O'Gilvie

Photo by: Diana O’Gilvie

 

 

 

Photo by: Diana O'Gilvie

Photo by: Diana O’Gilvie

 

 

 

Photo by: Diana O'Gilvie

Photo by: Diana O’Gilvie

 

 

 

Ceremony's over.  Photo by: Diana O'Gilvie

Ceremony’s over. Photo by: Diana O’Gilvie

 

 

 

Photo by: Diana O'Gilvie

Photo by: Diana O’Gilvie

 

 

  Photo by: Diana O'Gilvie

Photo by: Diana O’Gilvie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. June 9, 2013 2:41 PM

    Beautiful and very interesting captures. You were lucky that you could witness this ceremony.

    • June 9, 2013 11:56 PM

      Thank you Freya. Yes, I was very lucky.

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