Pura Batuan Temple in Bali
Pura Batuan Temple, referred to locally as ‘Pura Puseh lan Pura Desa Adat Batuan’, is a focal landmark in the namesake village of Batuan, well-known for its traditional Balinese arts and paintings. Located in Batuan Village, Sukawati District, Gianyar Regency, Bali. It is just 45 minutes away from Denpasar airport. Within only a 10km transfer south from Ubud central, the site features a grand complex of shrines laid out within its 0.65Ha complex. Well preserved sandstone bas motifs and well-preserved traditional Balinese temple architecture are its main draws.
This 11th century temple faces a separate large communal hall from where most visitors start their visit. When there’s no major temple ceremony on, which otherwise occupies this space with towering fruit and flower offerings, it is filled with local artists and craftsmen displaying their latest work, from batiks to framed paintings and statuettes. With a compulsory sash and cloth around your waist, you can cross over the road to enter the main temple grounds.
Batuan Temple is incredibly ornate, with its elaborate carvings and decorative ornaments and shrines. Typically Balinese in architectural style, it features a primary courtyard, a secondary courtyard, and a main one. The temple entrance has a splitgate structure, while the main temple is flanked by stone guardian statues. Since this temple located in the sightseeing area, there are several Bali tour packages have put this temple as one of the stop point in the itinerary.
Pura Batuan Temple is part of the ‘Tri Kahyangan’ or ‘Tri Murti’ concept taught by Mpu Kuturan to the Balinese Hindu community in the 10th century. This incorporates a Desa or Village Temple as a place to worship God Brahma (the Creator), a Puseh Temple to worship God Vishnu (the Preserver), and a Dalem Temple to worship Lord Shiva (the Destroyer).
What You Can See in Pura Batuan Temple
In this temple, you can see an ancient building called Wantilan, this place was used as a meeting room and practice every kind of dance of Bali as Gambuh Dance, Pendet, etc. Before you enter the temple there were some local people in Wantilan will lend ‘Kamben’ (traditional costumes Bali). This is a must for you to wear ‘Kamben Bali’ to show respect and honor of the sacredness “Puseh Stone Temple of Village”. It’s all free, you will not be charged for admission.
However, local people expect any tourist visiting this temple can donate the amount of money to support the maintenance of the temple. There is provided a simple donation box. Every donation you give should be based on a sense of sincerity, where the Balinese know it was called “Medana punia”. The temple also provides a spacious parking lot, so that the tourists will easily find a parking place for their vehicles while visiting this place.
Up the five-tiered ‘candi bentar’ gate of Pura Batuan Temple, you’ll come across various reliefs depicting mythical Balinese figures and floral themes, as well as statues depicting the Hindu trinity, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva further inside. A series of multi-tiered thatched-roof shrines within the temple’s inner courtyard are set in a layout that is typical of all large temple complexes in Bali. The temple pavilion’s wooden beams and ceilings are heavily engraved and gold gilded.