Pura Luhur Tamba Waras is located on the southern slope of Mount Batukaru, precisely in the Village of Sangketan, Penebel. This temple is 22 km away from Tabanan city centre and was built in one line with the Luhur Batukaru Temple which situated at about 725 meters above sea level. It is also known as “Pancoran Sapta Pura Luhur Tamba Ganges Sane” and has functioned as a natural miraculously “pharmacy warehouse” since centuries. There are many various medicinal plants which are grown for medicational purposes surround the temple.
Pura Tamba Waras was founded around the 12th century. According to some historical records, The King of Tabanan, Cokorda Tabanan, was very ill and no treatment was able to cure his sickness. The servants received a revelation to do some kind of ritual to help the king got better, in their revelation they were asked to find a smoke in the forest as a guide for finding the cure. After a long walk in the Batukaru forest, a pillow of smoke came from a coconut that has been burnt on the ground under the bamboo clumps. They did a ritual right on that spot and finally, the cure for the king is granted by the forest guardian. Not long after the king consuming the medicine, he was cured and become healthy again. Soon, the king commanded to build a place to worship in that area and named it “Tambawaras”. Because Tamba means medicine/ cures and waras means healed.
Siwa Temple is located in a highland area, right at the end of the Poedjongan road. We cannot reach the location by using a car because the terrain is quite difficult to go through but don’t worry. After all, many locals provide ojek (motor bike – taxi) services for visitors to reach the temple with extra charge.
The temple is dedicated to Shiva; worshippers are encouraged to bring milk as an offering. Visitors are also allowed to do purification bath at the pool in the temple area, do not forget to bring spare clothes. Balinese clothing rentals are also can be found around the temple. Fresh air and a calm atmosphere make this place very suitable for meditation and religious activities. Read more...
Probably one of the most visually stunning garden temples in Bali, Pura Luhur Batukaru is a sacred and holy site, and surprisingly, one where you don’t have to pay an entrance fee but only a donation.
When you first arrive what strikes you is the serene atmosphere, the silence, the beauty of the grassed courtyards and flowering shrubs, and the mountain forests on the slopes of Gunung Batukaru seemingly wrapping around the temple complex on all sides.
There are several theories about the temple, but it is thought Pura Luhur Batukaru became a holy site in the 11th century. Consecrated and adopted by the Rajas of Tabanan they made it into their state temple and dedicated shrines here to their ancestral gods.
In the Jeroan or inner sanctuary of the temple, a ceremony was in progress, so my movements within this area were limited. However, taking photographs discreetly, I was able to capture the beauty of the most important shrine – a seven-tiered pagoda dedicated to the god Mahadewa, the god of Gunung Batukaru.
There is a tiny island shrine in the centre, and it is only the priests of Pura Luhur Batukaru that are allowed access there.
Numerous moss-covered pathways are fanning out into a web deep into the forest, and here I found plenty of solitary shrines.
Pura Luhur Batukaru plays an important role in the lives of the Balinese Hindus. Local Subak groups come to this place to draw holy water for use in agricultural ceremonies. During the Galungan festivities, devotees flock to Pura Luhur Batukaru to pay their respects and lay offerings.
Pura Luhur Batukaru is just one of those places that is mesmerising and draws you back, again and again. Read more...
Vihara Dharma Giri is a Buddhist temple known for its divine huge sleeping Budha statue, located in Pupuan-Tabanan. This vihara has three different floors that visitors can explore, but since it is a holy place, there are a few rules that we have to follow. One of them is, we have to cover our waist down with sarong, if you don’t bring it with you, don’t worry you can borrow the sarong from the management.
On the first floor of the vihara, you will find a huge courtyard with many refreshing greenery that will automatically smooth the tense on your mood. While on the second floor you will find the white sleeping Buddha Statue with the beautifully arranged garden as the background. Further up to the third floor you will find another Buddha statue in a sitting position in a chamber made especially for worshippers. Read more...