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Pura Puseh Batuan Bali


Pura Bali Batuan is a local Balinese Hindu temple that is cared for by local residents of the Batuan countryside. This temple is very beautifully designed with full Balinese ornaments and the roof of the temple building is made of black palm tree fibers. Batuan Temple is strategically located beside the main road from Denpasar to Ubud. For more than a thousand years, Batuan has been a village of artists and craftsmen, old legends, and mysterious tales.


Pura Batuan Temple was founded in 944 Saka (1020 AD), almost 1000 years. Batuan Temple is a Puseh Temple category based on the concept of "Tri Kahyangan or Tri Murti" which was taught by Mpu Kuturan around the 10th century to the Balinese Hindu community at that time. Tri Kahyangan or Tri Murti includes 3 temples:
- Village or Village Temple as a place of worship of Lord Brahma (the Creator)
- Puseh Temple to worship Lord Vishnu (the Preserver)
- Dalem Temple to worship Lord Shiva (Destroyer)


History of Batuan Temple
Pura Batuan Bali

The name Batuan or Baturan mentioned here encourages villagers to joke about being 'eat rocks' and 'hard as rocks' because Batu means stone in Balinese. But referring to the ancient megalithic tradition where standing stones serve as meeting places and ceremonies for worshiping ancestral spirits. As Batuan became a center for Buddhist priests and brahmins spread to the main palace centers in southern Bali, the village had an unusual number of brahmins. The local community is certainly very concerned about the maintenance and preservation of the temple architecture and its environment. Not all existing buildings are old buildings, there are some that have undergone renewal, renovation, and changes from the 10th century to the 13th century and also the 18th century AD. The foundation and structure of this Batuan temple is very solid and strong. It has the original Balinese ornament that is beautifully carved on every building at this temple area. Each sacred building has a different philosophical function and some ornaments reflect the story of the Ramayana Epic.


Batuan Temple Area Consist

- At the temple parking area, there is standing an ancient building called Wantilan. This place uses as a meeting hall and to practice any kind of Balinese dance such as Gambuh Dance, Pendet Dance, etc. Before you enter the temple there are some local people at Wantilan who will lend you ‘kamben’ (a traditional Balinese costume). It is a must for you to wear ‘Balinese Kamben’ to show your respect and honor for the holiness of “Puseh Temple of Batuan Village”. You won’t be charged for entrance. However, the local people expect every tourist who visited this temple can donate any amount of money to support the maintenance of the temple. There is provided a simple donation box. Every donation that you give should be based on a sense of sincerity, where Balinese people know is called “medana punia”.
- In the middle yard of the temple there is a long building/bale called the Bale Agung and Bale Kulkul a gong made by wood or bamboo).In this yard, there is also a high entrance Balinese Gate called the Kori Agung, which is flanked by the many guardian statues shaped by the giant sculpture. The function of Kori Agung is the door where the exit and entry for the gods are symbolized by a small statue called Pratima. Next to the Kori Agung there are two small doors as a place of exit and entry for people into the temple’s main yard.
- In the main courtyard of the temple, there are three floors of Meru and Bale Pengiyasan as symbols of the Besakih temple, and there is a building called Padmasana as a place of worship to Sang Hyang Widhi, the only Bali Hindu God.


Batuan Temple not only emits a high spiritual vibration but also represents historical values. Inside you can see many amazing ancient relics from prehistoric times. How is the influence of Hindu culture in Bali that makes the natural stone in this temple a place of worship, both to their ancestors and to worship of Hindu Gods. You will be amazed to see the ancient and unique statues there. Based on the number of statues found in Puseh Temple, can be grouped into several types. They are Dwarapala Statues, Animal Statues, Embodiment Statues, Status Figures Holding Chickens, Demons (Time), Linga, and many more.

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