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It is unfortunate that “restoration” or more appropriately called “someone” development of Cetha temple does not pay attention to archeological concepts, so the results cannot be scientifically accountable.
Ceto Temple was re-created by Van der Vlis in 1842. After that, Ceto Temple was examined by several experts such as W.F. Sutterheim, K.C. Crucq, N.j. Krom, A.J. Bernet Kempers, and Riboet Darmosoetopo.
Ceto Temple it self consists of 13 terraces that stretch east-west along 190 meters and now there are only 11 terraces, whether the other 2 terraces go. From the writings found at the location of the temple (some carved on the wall of the archway that collapsed) Ceto Temple was built in 1451-1475 which was the end of the Majapahit Kingdom.
The original terrace is the seventh terrace, where on this terrace there is a memet (year number password) in the form of three frogs, mimi, crabs, eels, and three lizards. According to Bernet Kempers, Dutch archeologists, reliefs of crabs, eels, and mimi are arguments that say welut (3) wiku (7) anahut (3) iku = mimi (1), showing the number 1373 Saka or 1451 AD, the year Ceto temple was founded .
In this gate, there is a sentence that says that Ceto Temple was used as a place of Ruwatan in 1397 Saka or 1475 AD. This is reinforced by the Samudramanthana and Garudeya reliefs.
Still on this terrace are Kalachakra or phallus (male sex) with a length of about two meters; there is also a sun symbol in a circle which is Surya Majapahit, a symbol of the Majapahit Kingdom.
Ceto Temple Now
Like temples in Bali, Ceto Madih temple is used today by the surrounding people who are unique, starting from ancient times until now still Hindu, this can be seen from the shape of the fence of their house in the form of a gate.
Besides that, Candi Ceto has very unique statues. The statue at the foot of the entrance is carved on two sides, the front side and the back side. These types of statues can only be found in Candi Ceto and Using Sites.
If the weather is sunny, then from Ceto Temple we can see the city of Solo, up to Mount Merapi and Mount Merbabu (this of course will look more beautiful if the night comes because sparkling city lights will be seen from here). Because it is located in a high place, Ceto Temple is often covered in fog and this gives a plus point to this historic site because it seems as if we are in a wild country with a gate – the bridge that pops up between the fog.
And fortunately, when I came here, Ceto Temple was covered in fog, but it was a little drizzle. The drizzle did not last long, because after that the mist rolled away and the weather became brighter and very hot and fortunately again, the fog came down again covering the Ceto Temple.
Fun things from Ceto Temple are on their way. To reach this temple, we will pass Kemuning tea gardens which are hilly and completely covered by the green color of the tea plant. No wonder, even though the road was a bit damaged and full of steep slopes, many teenagers were at home hanging out for a long time here.
If you want to enjoy the night view here, don’t be confused, because the surrounding residents have opened the penginapam. There are many inns here, and most are centered under the entrance to Ceto Temple. Don’t forget to choose the ones with hot water and bring a thick jacket, because the air here is really cold.
If you visit Ceto Temple, don’t forget to visit the Kethek Temple and Saraswati Temple which are located not far from Ceto Temple.