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Pucak Penulisan Temple – A Journey to the Ancient Time of Bali

Historical relics from ancient times tell us that Kintamani was ever becomes a very important area in Bali. One of them is Pura Pucak Penulisan. The temple complex is located on a peak that forms the northern part in a wide circular wall of mountains. This enormous crater rim is all that remains of the larger, primordial Mt. Batur that collapsed in the distant geological past. At 1,750 meters above sea level, the temple is more elevated than the summit of the new volcano that has grown once again in the midst of this ring of peaks.

From this temple on a clear day all the major peaks of Bali are visible, with the Batukaru group to the west and Mt. Batur, Mt. Abang, and Mt. Agung aligned in a straight line toward the south-east.

Pucak Penulisan Temple (also known as Pura Tegeh kauripan) is indeed Bali’s loftiest major temple and is situated within the territory of Desa Sukawana, Kintamani. The temple is also regarded by many as the ultimate “fountain of life,” a source of life-giving water. Located at the source of Bali’s largest waterway, the River Ayung, its main ritual events are until today attended by many irrigation societies (subak) from downstream district along the river. The temple also marks the source of a stream that flows past Puri Balingkang, disappears beneath the ground, and then reemerges in Songan Village, where it feeds into lake Batur.

The largest, centennial ceremonial event at this temple, involving the sacrifice of twelve water buffaloes, overtly seeks to revitalize the entire realm of Bali

Beside of its beautiful landscape, the main attraction of this temple is a historical heritage in the form of a sculpture image from the past. Historical sources suggest that this temple may have been an important state temple of the Warmadewa and later dynasties of Balinese Kings. Until today it features a large collection of stone statues depicting royal personages of that era. Among the statues inscribed with names and dates are Queen Gunapriyadharmapatni with her consort Dharmodayana (carved in A.D. 991), The Indian saint Agastya (A.D. 1024), Bhatari Mandul (wife of King Anak Wungsu, A.D. 1078), Sri Aji Jayapangus with his Queen (undated), and Astasuraratnabhumibanten (A.D. 1332), who was probably Bali’s last indigenous King before the Majapahit conquest.

The architecture of Pura Tegeh Kauripan and other shrines on this hilltop still diverges significantly from the standards imposed by the main government-sanctioned Hindu organization, despite repeated criticisms and threats directed at the local temple committee. there are no pagoda-like shrines with multiple roofs (meru) as there are in other Balinese temples, since it is deemed unnecessary to represent a mountain symbolically in a temple that is already located on a mountain peak. There is also no Palinggih Ratu Pucak (shrine to serve as teh seat of the supreme deity at festivals), since this hilltop as a whole is considered to be the deity’s permanent abode. Nor is there a permanent stone shrine (sanggaran agung) to the sun god (Bhatara Surya) or a collective stone shrine for all the deities (padmasana). Instead, a temporary “sky-shrine” (sanggar tawang) dedicated to the sun god is built a new each year in conformance to local ritual guidelines.

Source : Custodiansof The Sacred Mountains : Culture and Society in the Highlands of Bali, by Thomas Anton Reuter

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Lovely Walk Through Mangrove Forest at Benoa Bay Bali

Mangrove forests are very important for coastal ecosystems which contain a wide number of species like fishes, birds, or shrimps.

It is an ideal ecological destinations and field laboratories for biology or ecology students or researchers.
Despite of its important value, in tourism mangrove forests also offer a beauty for travellers like the mangrove forest in Bali, which is located in the Ngurah Rai Grand Forestry Park at Benoa Bay area, that covers an area of about 200 ha.

There are nursery plots of about 7.700 square-meters, huts, wooden boardwalk trails, and floating decks. There are also several lookout tower for observing the forest, the flying birds and other mammals. On a clear weather we also can see mount Agung at Karangasem from the towers.

Unfortunately, this area still in dirty condition with plastic trash which come from the upstream brought by the river especially during the hard rain

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Holy Water (Tirta) – Balinese Ritual

Holy water accompanies every act of Hindu-Balinese worship, from individual devotion at household shrine to islandwide ceremonies. The Balinese call holy water toya, from the Medium Balinese word for “water,” and often the High Balinese tirtha will be used.

Holy water is an agent of the power of a god, a container of mysterious force. It can cleanse spiritual impurities, fend off evil forces, and render the recipient immune to the attacks of negative, or demonic influences. In Bali, holy water is not a symbol, or something abstract – it is a sekala container of a niskala power, and, as such, is sacred and holy in and of itself. The water strengthens and purifies everything it touches,. Although there are many kinds and potencies of holy water, no matter where or by whom it is made and no matter whether its quantity is greta or small, holy water is always a sacred and powerful agent.

The uses and potency of holy water vary according to how it is made, its source, and who makes it. The more powerful the mantras used to make it, the more mystic energy it contains. The more sacred the place from which it is obtained, the greater the sanctity of the holy water. The more exalted the status of the person who makes it, the greater its magical power.

Holy water requires special handling, it must be treated with respect and deference. The most important rule to follow is that the holly water must be stored in a clean container and must be handled with great respect

Holy water is so essential to Balinese life that it is impossible to list all its uses. Those who are sick are made well by balians or pemangkus who clean the spirits of their patients with holy water. A Balinese undergoes such a cleansing before and after any major trip. Everyone of the rites of passage involves the use of holy water. Shrines are sprinkled with it every day. Those who go into trance are brought back from this state with holy water.

Source : HOLY WATER, Substance and Symbol, on Bali Sekala & Niskala, by Fred B. Eiseman, Jr.

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Shared Tour: Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking

August has come, it is the best time to explore the tropical island, Bali. One of the most popular attraction during dry season in Bali is exploring the active volcano of Bali. We have working together with Bali Adventours to provide you exclusive experience: Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking. It is 2 hours climbing to the most active volcano in Indonesia, Mount Batur (1717 meters above sea levels).

From the peak you will experience the most scenic sunrise view and the green caldera around the volcano. Breakfast will be served and cooked in the hot steam. What is the most interesting experience than enjoy volcano cooked breakfast?

Want to try this tour? Visit and book at our partner site: Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking Shared Tour.

Check out Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking Video before you go!

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