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Cetho Temple, Gumeng Village, Karanganyar, Central Java

Cetho TempleCetho Temple located in the Gumeng Village, district. Jenawi on the west slope of Mount Lawu located on a hill with beautiful panorama surrounded by tea plantations. This temple has its own appeal for building temple building unlike most other temples in Central Java. To achieve Cetho have to go through the narrow lanes and winding uphill past the tea plantations and forests.

Cetho Temple is built a fifteenth-century Javanese-Hindu temple that is located on the western slope of Mount Lawu (elev. 900 m or 3,000 feet above sea level) on the border between Central and East Java provinces.

Cetho Temple is one of several temples built on the northwest slopes of Mount Lawu in the fifteenth century. By this time, Javanese religion and art had diverged from Indian precepts that had been so influential on temples styles during the 8-10th century. This area was the last significant area of temple building in Java before the island’s courts were converted to Islam in the 16th century. The temples’ distinctiveness and the lack of records of Javanese ceremonies and beliefs of the era make it difficult for historians to interpret the significance of these antiquities.

Cetho Temple is a Hindu temple heritage character of the last days of the Majapahit. The first scientific report about it was made by Van de Vlies in 1842. A.J. Bernet Kempers also do research about it. Excavation (digging) for the benefit of reconstruction was first performed in 1928 by the Archaeological Department of the Dutch East Indies.

Under the circumstances when the rubble started to study, this temple has not aged that much with Sukuh. The location of the temple is located in the hamlet of Cetho, Gumeng Village, District Jenawi, Karanganyar, at an altitude of 1400m above sea level. Until now, the temple complex is used by locals as a Hindu place of worship and popular as a hermitage for the original religion of Java / Kejawen.

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