Batukaru Temple

Batukaru Temple

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Batukaru temple is one of nine kayangan jagat (directional temples) meant to protect Bali from evil spirits

Pura Luhur Batukaru or Batukaru Temple is a Hindu temple in Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia. The location of this temple is on the southern slope of Mount Batukaru, Bali’s second-highest volcano.

Built in the 11th century, Pura Luhur Batukaru was dedicated to the ancestors of the rajas of Tabanan. It was destroyed in 1604, but rebuilt in 1959. The temple’s most important shrine is a 7-tiered meru to worship Mahadewa, the God of Mount Batukaru.

Today, Pura Luhur Batukaru remains an extremely sacred site for Bali’s Hindu population. Many of the complex’s grounds remain off-limits to visitors for various ceremonies and events throughout the year. The temple is also the first stop one must take before ascending to the summit of Mount Batukaru. A pilgrimage takes place to the peak once a year, and may see thousands of worshipers walk its trails at once.

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Sports & nature

Batukaru temple possibility previously has been used as a place of worship and a place for meditation by spiritual figures in the Tabanan area and Bali in general. This presumption is based on the discovery of water sources with different types of shower statues. Of the sources of these springs can be concluded that the area was once used as a meditation place for ascetics (Wanaprastin) to find their peace life.Sports and nature image

Culture and history info

Batukaru temple has already existed in the 11th century AD contemporaneous with Besakih temple, Lempuyang Luhur temple, Goa Lawah temple, Uluwatu temple and Pusering Jagat temple. The initiator of the establishment of Sad Kahyangan is Mpu Kuturan. After the existence of Batukaru temple in the 11th century, and then we did not get a clear description of how was the state of the temple. Only in 1605 AD, there was a description from the book of Babad Buleleng, in the book explained that Batukaru temple was marred by the King of Buleleng named Ki Gusti Ngurah Panji Sakti. In the book of Babad Buleleng is described that the kingdom of Buleleng is very safe and there is no enemy would dare to attack it. The King wants to expand its territory to Tabanan area. King Ki Gusti Ngurah Panji Sakti on his way to Tabanan meet Batukaru temple which is a territory of the Kingdom of Tabanan. Ki Gusti Ngurah Panji Sakti together with his soldiers then undermine the temple. When Ki Panji Sakti and his soldiers do damage in Batukaru temple, then suddenly came thousands of wasps to attack and sting them. Ki Panji Sakti and his soldiers were attacked severely by vicious wasps, and then Ki Panji Sakti and his soldiers withdrew and canceled the plan to attack the kingdom of Tabanan. Because of their acts, then the condition of Batukaru shrine buildings was totally destroyed and only ruins remaining. Then in 1959 Batukaru temple get repairs so that the shape as what we see today. In 1977 there is attention and assistance from the local government gradually and until now the circumstances and conditions of Pura Batukaru are getting better.Culture and history image

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