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Monday, February 27, 2012

Pura Batur,a "Wife Temple" of Besakih

Pura Besakih is called Purusa, while Pura Pura Batur called Pradana.

In the Pura Besakih, the Lord is worshiped to strengthen the spiritual soul of the people to achieve spiritual happiness. While in the Pura Batur, to strengthen the spiritual worship of God congregation in building economic prosperity.

view of mount and lake Batur
Pura Batur, better known as Ulun Danu Batur lies at an altitude of 900 m above sea level precisely in the village of Kintamani, district Kalanganyar East of Denpasar-Singaraja road.

This temple is facing west with a backdrop of Mount Batur and Lake Batur black lava that stretched away at the foot of Mount Batur, complementing the natural beauty around the temple.

Prior to the present location, Pura Batur is located on the slopes of Mount Batur Southwest. Because the catastrophic eruption in 1917 which had destroyed everything, including this temple except a pelinggih ,at the highest area. Finally, thanks to the initiative of the village with village leaders, they bring pelinggih intact and rebuilt Batur Temple to place higher at the current location. Temple ceremony is celebrated every year called ngusaba Kedasa.

Pura Batur HISTORY

 Batur Temple was originally located at the foot of the mountain near the shores  Southwest of Lake Batur ,before the catastrophic eruption of Mount Batur in 1917, that destroyed 65 000 homes, 2,500 temples and more than thousands of lives. But a miracle to stop at the foot of Temple. People see this as a good sign and continued to stay there. In 1926 a new eruption covered the whole temple except the highest "Pelinggih" , the worship of God in the manifestation of Dewi Danu, the Goddess of the lake. Then the villagers insisted on placing it on higher ground and begin to rebuild their temple. They brought pelinggih intact and rebuilding Pura Batur.

Some ancient book tells Bali sacred origin of Pura Batur, which is part of the "Sad Kahyangan",the six greatest Temple, that there are six groups of temples in Bali are listed in Literature Widhi Sastra,  Raja Purana Sastra and Chronicle of Pasek Kayu Selem. Pura Batur also expressed as "Kahyangan Jagat 'which means owned by the general public.

History Pura Batur are offerings to the Goddess of Fertility, Dewi Danu. She is the Goddess of the lake Batur. Mineral-rich water flowing from Lake Batur, flowing from one rice terraces to the other, slowly down to earth. Enterprises in the palm of Bali, one of the sacred literature which was placed in the temple, there is an ancient legend which describes the composition of the throne of Goddess Danu.

The legend of Pura Batur
One night early in the fifth month God Pasupati (Siwa) move the peak of Mount Mahameru in India and divide it into two parts. Brought one part with his left hand and the other with his right hand. Both parts of the mount were used to be throne. Parts of which were taken with his right hand became Mount Agung a throne for his son  God Putranjaya  (Mahadeva Shiva) and the other mount parts in his left hand became Mount Batur a throne of  Dewi Danu, the Goddess of Lake. This legend made the 2 biggest mountains in Bali and two symbolic elements "of men and women" (Purasa and Pradana) or two manifestations of the origin of the source; God (Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa).

Identification and Attractiveness
 The name Pura Batur comes from the name  Mount Batur and Lake Batur. This is one of  temple in  Sad Kahyangan support by Villagers of Batur.
Before the eruption of Mount Batur in 1917, Pura Batur situated at the foot of Mount Batur Southwest side. Due to the damage caused by the eruption of Mount Batur, then Pura Batur with the villagers moved in place now. Remnants of frozen lava black, erect towering Mount Batur, Lake Batur shaded blue, is a magnet for every visitor. Penelokan can be viewed from Lake Batur and his blue bubbles waves that accompany the driver pulled over boat while serving tourists and commuters of the crossing  village Kedisan to village  Trunyan. The fishermen are also coloring activity at Lake Batur fished a catch tilapia sold in the market town of Bangli, so in Bangli known its "sate mujair" which is characteristic of food in Bangli district.

Location (click also location tag below the post)
Tourism Object of Batur area is at an altitude of 900 m above sea level with the air temperature along day was cool and cold at night. To reach this location from the capital city of Bangli about 23 km. These attractions can be traversed by vehicles, because it connects the city of Bangli location and the town of Singaraja. And this route connecting Tampaksiring tourism, Batur and Besakih.

In the Batur area attractions are available parking spaces, restaurants, lodging, toilet, telephone, and drink stalls and refreshments. Regarding public transport facilities and transport crossings are available.

Batur Region sights visited by International tourists and local. The most prominent visit around August, September, while welcoming the New Year and New Year atmosphere. Similarly, in the days of Galungan, Eid and Christmas Day.

the Gate of Pura Batur

Tower of KULKUL,a wooden bell

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