Penataran Ped Temple or Pura Dalem Ped in Nusa Penida Island
Penataran Ped Temple, also known as Pura Dalem Ped, is one of the sacred temples that located just off the coast of Bali Island, in the island of Nusa Penida. It's consider as one of the Pura Kahyangan Jagat, that means, Pura Penataran Agung Dalem Ped playing a very important role for, specially local and Balinese spiritual life from a long time ago. Pura Kahyangan Jagat itself means “universal temple” where everyone can do their spiritual activity such as praying, and meditation.
Penataran Ped Temple is located in the Ped Village on the main road Ped Toyepakeh - Sampalan. Pura Dalem Ped has a high historical and spiritual value. This temple is very sacred and highly revered by Hindus. Penataran Ped Temple one of the most-visited temple in Nusa Penida Island. The temple itself is made from limestone; its washed-out white colour gives the area an eerie feel and ambience.
During the emple ceremony or "pujawali" many Hindus come to pray at Ped Temple. Hindu people come and pray for the safety, tranquility, prosperity and success of their agricultural crops. The worship is done through several stages. The first prayers in Pura Segara, that is located in the most northern part, close to the shoreline. Pura Segara is the Stana of Ida Batara Baruna as ruler of the seas and oceans.
From Pura Segara the worship proceed to Pura Taman (located in the south of Pura Segara), where there is pool of water that circled around the shrine. The third worship carried out at west Pura Taman, the main temple, Pura Penataran Ida Ratu Gde Mecaling. The last prayer is done at the eastern temple which is the Stana of Ida Ratu Mas.
Penataran Ped Temple History
The Penataran Ped Temple is said to have a dark history. Apparently it was made as a place to worship the island’s protectors, the wong samar (holy people unseen by the normal eye). 500 of these wong samar were once controlled by an evil ruler, Ratu Gede Nusa, who with his black magic given to him by the leyaks (witches and shamans) spread disease and evil.
The Watu Renggong kingdom challenged Ratu Gede Nusa, also known as I Macaling, the human with an evil spirit. After many failed attempts, a Watu Renggong general came with the tooth of Naga Basuki, a dragon, slayed I Macaling and took hold of the island. The Pura Dalem Ped now worships these wong samar to keep them at bay, paying them respect in order to prevent further disease and pestilence from ravishing the island.
How to Get to Penataran Ped Temple ?
To get to Penataran Ped Temple, visitors from outside of Nusa Penida can use sea transport modes or fast boat, which takes around 45 minutes from Sanur port. Tickets price around 250,000 IDR and can be bought at the pier.