Bali

The Sacred Temple …

Pura Luhur Batukau Tabanan Bali

Pura Luhur Batukau Tabanan Bali

So sacred that even tourists are not allowed to enter the inner sanctum of this holy mountain sanctuary unless they are given that special permission by the Mangku (temple priest). There are signs placed on each sides of the shrines forbidding anyone to come closer to the main temple. I was the lucky one that day when the Mangku approached me and gave permission to photograph the main temple. “I do not normally allow any visitors inside the sacred precinct as too many tourists entering the main temple may disturb its sacredness, this is a holy place and must be protected” says Kebayan Lingsir Mangku Gde Luhur priest of Batukau. I was of course feeling quite pleased to be able to photograph with ease the inner sanctum of one of Bali Pura Sad Kahyangan (the six holy temples of Bali, the temples of Besakih, Uluwatu,Lempuyang, Goa Lawah, Pusering Jagat and Batukau) There is a mystical aura surrounding the temple and as I carried on talking with the temple priest, I did not even realized that it was noon and time to leave. Before leaving I took a quick shot of the Mangku posing in front of the sacred Candi (Javanese Temple) And here he is (the one without the beard)

Kebayan Lingsir (right) temple priest of Pura Batukau

Kebayan Lingsir (right) temple priest of Pura Batukau

Located at the slopes of Mount Batukau, the Pura Luhur Batukau was founded in the 11th century by Empu Kuturan the East Javanese priest who united the various Hindu sects in Bali and introduced the concept of Trimurti (Javanese Trimurti temples dedicated to Brahma, Vishnu and Siva) in the form of Sad Kahyangan temples. In this magical sanctuary is where people come to worship and pray to Dewa Mahadewa Sanghyang Tumuwuh spirit guardian of water, air and plants. The place itself surrounded by a spectacular forest is often very misty, and has a strong spiritual vibration and for those who are perceptive can feel that wonderful inner peace. Unlike other Balinese temples where the buildings are the tiered roofed Meru, in Batukau the main building (Pelinggih) is the Eastern Javanese style Candi flanked by two small companion Candi Perwara. Other important buildings within the main compound are constructed in the form of the Balinese Meru which houses sacred items used for the Melasti ceremonies and there are also two royal shrines dedicated to Raja Tabanan and Raja Badung.

Candi Batukau for the worship of Dewa Mahadewa

Candi Batukau for the worship of Dewa Mahadewa

Truly an auspicious day for me, because just as I was shooting away, a group of people came to pray at the temple and while listening to their chantings and prayers I was ushered into another world …

Praying at Pura Luhur Batukau

Praying at Pura Luhur Batukau

Prayers at the Pura Luhur Batukau

Temple priest presiding praying ceremony at the Pura Luhur Batukau

Temple priest presiding praying ceremony at the Pura Luhur Batukau

Just before I left the temple this small carved wooden shrine caught my eye and I was told that this is the Pelinggih Rambut Sedana where the Goddess of Prosperity is worshiped. “Many came to ask but very seldom their wishes were granted” says Kebayan Lingsir Mangku Gde Luhur priest of Batukau. But I did make my wish and hopefully the good Goddess will smile at me ….

The wooden shrine dedicated to the Goddess of Prosperity at the Pura Luhur Batukau

The wooden shrine dedicated to the Goddess of Prosperity at the Pura Luhur Batukau

A last glimpse of the mystical Pura Luhur Batukau with a lovely jar of holy water placed at the entrance of the temple …

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8 replies »

  1. What a wonderful looking place, I can imagine that must have felt like a very special experience. It’s so green and beautiful, and the mists over the mountains in the first picture make it all the more atmospheric. I feel I’ve been transported there through your beautiful images, thank you.

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