Balitraveldiary.com – In addition to visiting the beach, there is nothing wrong if you go to Bali to also visit the temple which is a sacred building for the Hindu community. One of the temples that you can visit is Pura Luhur Batukaru. Every day, the Hindu community on the Island of the Gods of Bali comes to visit this place to perform a prayer procession.
For visitors who want to pray at the Luhur Batukaru Temple, it is highly recommended that they pray at the Jero Taksu Temple first. Jero Taksu Temple is located a bit far from Luhur Batukaru Temple. The purpose of praying at Jero Taksu Temple is as an announcement so that the prayers performed at Luhur Batukaru Temple are successful. Pura Taksu is an inseparable part of Pura Luhur Batukaru.
After that, then go to the shower which is located in the southeastern part of the main temple but still in one area of Pura Luhur Batukaru. This shower water is to purify oneself by gargling, washing your face and washing your feet in the shower.
Then continued prayer at the Pancuran Temple as a sign of purification of the sacred and niskala or inner and outer as the main condition so that worship can be carried out with physical and spiritual purity. Tourists who visit Pura Luhur Batukaru must wear polite clothes so that the sanctity of the temple is maintained.
Holy Water at Pura Luhur Batukaru
Before you enter the main area of this temple, look briefly on your right. A lake whose water source is right in the middle, you will find there. Around the lake there is a fountain which is believed by local residents that the water that comes out of the shower is holy water. This water is said to be used to purify one’s body and soul before praying to God. While walking, you can listen to the melodious chirping of birds, the sounds of nature, and feel the serenity and peace of nature around this Batukaru Luhur Temple.
Location of Pura Luhur Batukaru
Located in the western part of the island of Bali on the southern slope of Mount Batukaru in the village of Wongaya Gede, Penebel District, Tabanan Regency, Pura Luhur Batukaru is a place of worship of God as Ratu Hyang Tumuwuh which means God is the one who grows. It is about 46 km from Denpasar city.
History of Pura Luhur Batukaru
Pura Luhur Batukaru was founded by an Mpu who came from Java, namely Mpu Kuturan in the 11th century. This temple is often used for meditation to gain peace of mind and to achieve balance in life by maintaining spiritual balance, sea, forest, lake, earth, and individual. Pura Luhur Batukaru is also known as the Padma Bhuwana Temple, namely nine temples located in nine corners of the island of Bali.
At the location of this temple, visitors will find several ancient artifacts in the form of Menhirs and “Pestgih Kampuh” (carved or shaped stones). These artifacts are widely scattered in the front yard of Pura Luhur Batukaru. Menhir buildings and statues are often found because in the megalithic era, all areas of life in society were centered on respecting and worshiping ancestral spirits.