DENPASAR, BALI, January 20, 2014 (Jakarta Post): Dozens of residents in Kesiman village gathered at the Luhur Dalem Mutering Jagat Temple on Sunday to preserve the site of worship. They planted at least 1,500 trees provided by the government and helped conserve water sources in the 12.5 acre area, carrying shovels, hoes and sickles. There were more than 10 types of plants, including durian, jackfruit and coconut, and other trees, parts of which are useful for ceremonial purposes.
"We plan to add 3.5 acres of wooded area through this program," said the temple's spiritual leader I Wayan Duana. In addition to greening the temple area, he said the activity was a start to conserve several water sources located at the northern side of the temple. To the local people, the temple is more than just a place of worship, it is also somewhere that must be protected.