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Friday, November 4, 2011

Pura Luhur Batukaru, Spirit of Life from The Jungle

The View on the Way to Pura Batukaru
The View Near Batukaru
 Pura Luhur Batukaru is a place of worship of God Mahadeva. Because of its function to worship God as The Power that grow the plants with water, then in the Pura Luhur Batukaru is referred to the worship of the Lord that also say as Hyang Tumuwuh - God as a foster.
God as the source of bring water to the soil so comes the power to grow the plants. Plants that will thrive with green leaves containing chlorophyll as a substance that saves lives. Worship of God in the Pura Luhur Batukaru should be the spiritual power of media to build a building on the spirit of life to seriously maintain soil fertility and water resources. With soil fertility maintained and protected water sources, then the plants will be fertile. Fertile plants that will continue if the air is not polluted by emissions of CO2. Contaminated air will cause acid rain which can damage the plants shoots. So the worship of God as Sang Hyang Tumuwuh have deep meaning for the life of mankind on this earth.
The existence of a conference on weather changes followed by 187 countries in Nusa Dua in 2007 is the moment to remind ourselves of the values ​​contained behind Sang Hyang Tumuwuh Worship at Temple Luhur Batukaru.

The Main Gate of Pura Batukaru
The Main Gate to Pura Batukaru
Pura Luhur Batukaru located in the village of Wongaya Gede,Penebel, Tabanan district in Bali. Location of the temple is located in the western part of Bali island on the southern slope of Mount Batukaru. Most likely the temple's name is taken from the name of this Batukaru Mt.
For those who want to pray to the Pura Luhur Batukaru is expected to pray at the Pura Taksu Jero temple,in order to proclamation that a prayer will go to pray in the Pura Luhur Batukaru and hope to get success during the process.
The Holy Shower
Holy Shower in Taman Beji
Then we must go to Taman Beji area,to headed shower. It is located in the southeastern part of the main temple but remain in the area of ​​Pura Luhur Batukaru.

Natural Spring Reservoir around Taman Beji
  The water fountain is to purify themselves by rinsing, washing face and wash the feet in the shower continued to pray in the temple Taman Beji as a sign of purification Sakala and Niskala or physical and spiritual as a key condition for worship can be done.

The Main Area of Pura Batukaru 
Main Area of Pura Batukaru
Pura Luhur Batukaru is also included in the Lontar (holy letter) called Dewa Kusuma. Pura Luhur Batukaru already exist in the 11th century AD,as old as Pura Besakih, Pura Luhur Lempuyang, Guwa Lawah Pura, Pura Luhur Uluwatu, and Pura Pusering Jagat. As the initiator of the establishment of the temple is Mpu Kuturan. Many experts view that the Mpu Kuturan establish Sad Kayangan to motivate people to maintain the balance of the existence of universe.
Pura Luhur Batukaru probably already be a place of worship and place of meditation by spiritual leaders in the area of ​​Tabanan and Bali in general. This opinion is based on the discovery of water sources and with different types of statues shower. From the sources of these springs can be concluded that the area was once used as a place for meditation. After the establishment of Pura Luhur Batukaru in the 11th century are we not getting a clear description of how the existence of the temple.

After in 1605 AD there is a description of the book Babad Buleleng. In the book explained that the Pura Luhur Batukaru was damaged by King of Buleleng named Gusti Ngurah Panji Sakti. In that chronicle book is told that the Buleleng Kingdom is very safe, no enemy would dare attack him. The King wanted to expand the empire, and reconciled to the expansion of Tabanan. Raja Ki Gusti Ngurah Panji Sakti on the way met with Batukaru area which is the kingdom of Tabanan area. Ki Gusti Ngurah Panji Sakti with his soldiers damaging Pura Luhur Batukaru. Temple was destroyed.
Outside of the calculation of Ki Panji Sakti suddenly came out of nowhere,a lot wasps and stinging them ferociously . Panji Sakti and its soldiers were attacked by wasps all-out fierce and venomous. Panji Sakti and scuttled back off and canceled a plan to attack the kingdom of Tabanan. Because the temple was damaged by Ki Panji Sakti then temple buildings were completely destroyed. Just left pile of rubble only.

In 1959 Pura Luhur Batukaru get repairs so the shape look like it is today. In 1977 in step by step there is attention of local government in aid. Until now Pura Luhur Batukaru situation is getting better.

Visitor in Pura Batukaru
Tourist Visit The Temple daily

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