Luhur Watukaru Temple or Pura Batukaru is one of the biggest Hindu Temples in Bali (Sad Kahyangan) with Catur Lokapala Temple and Padma Bhuwana Temple status. It is set in the plateau area with lush tropical rain forest surround it. It is situated in the peaceful area which is far from the local resident that is ideally for worship. There are some temple building spread out through the tranquility of rain forest and the big mountain of Batukaru as a back drop.
Watukaru Temple Location
Watukaru or Batukaru Temple is located at Wangaya Gede countryside, Penebel District and Tabanan regency, and west part of Bali Island. It is located right on the foot of Mount Batukaru and about 1.30 hours from Denpasar Airport.
History and Temple Festival at Pura Batukaru
The history of this temple is difficult to be found out even in the ancient omission exists in this temple. For example some profile area like harpoon own the Ancient Bali type, but no written data found it. The effort study and research of this temple history remain to find difficulties. The temple festival at Luwur Watukaru or Batukaru Temple is executed every six-month or 210 days which is every Thursday Umanis Wara Dungulan (Balinese Calendar), just the day after Galungan Day (the biggest Balinese Hindu Holidays). The extension day of temple festival is executed during eleven day, to give the opportunity for Hindu public society especially in Bali to come for praying. Pengempon (the society who take care of the temple) has the obligation to take care of the temple inclusive of ceremony execution. This fact is one of characteristic power outside of physical of Watu Karu Temple.
Watukaru Temple Priest
Kubayan is commissioned holy occupation lead the temple ceremony and his status higher than all priests in Pretending pertinent Ancient. In the execution of praying during the temple festival or the certain day ceremony, it has to be preceded by doing pray in Beji Temple which is located in east side of Watu Karu Temple or inside of Madya Mandala (middle area) and Nista Mandala (outside area). After doing pray in Beji Temple, then the praying is continued in the main temple building located in the center of temple area. This is also not need again clean the hand and gargle because, it has been conducted the hallowing of body by conducting pray in Beji Temple. This is specification of praying procession in Watukaru Temple.
Watukaru Temple Structure
The three elements temple area of Watukaru or Batukaru is equal to other temples in Bali generally which is consisted of outside area (Nista Mandala), Middle area (Madya mandala) and Center area (Utama Mandala). After refurbishing three temples are of this temple in some years ago, the element conception and structure of these three temple areas are progressively become everlasting and conceptual. This is especially in outside area where we can meet the existence of Wantilan building (Meeting Hall) which can be used for multifunction and it is located on the right of the entrance gate. The refurbishment at the parking area has made easy for the Hindu society or all tourists who pay a visit to this temple. It is also other public facilities like toilet which is located at outside temple area or the left side of entrance gate is in good condition and cleans enough.
Bali Places of Interest Nearby
Since the government improves the public facilities at Watukaru Temple or Pura Batukaru and appointed as a tourist destination in Bali, nowadays many tourists from local and foreign countries has come to visit this temple area which is the cold atmospheres surround it. The rain forest is covering the temple area and gives the fresh air and deeply the religious nuance. It is the ideal places for meditation and visited by religious travelers. You can join Batukaru Temple Tour if you wish to visit this temple other tourist sites like Jatiluwih Rice Terrace and Tabanan Hot Water. You can discover places of interest nearby includes Jatiluwih Rice Terrace, Penatahan Hot Spring, Bali Butterfly Park, Subak Museum, Tanah Lot, Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest, Bali Botanical Garden, Ulun Danu Temple, Beratan Lake and Taman Ayun Temple. Meanwhile other places of interest in Tabanan Regency that recommended to visit includes Serijong Temple, Blemantung Waterfall and Belimbing Rice Terrace.
Favorite Tours to Visit Places of Interest in Tabanan Regency
Tabanan Regency is a famous regency and well known as a center of rice in Bali Island. This region is featured by many places of interest those are most appointed as tourist destinations and the following favorite land tours that we can recommend to you includes Bedugul Tour, Batukaru Tour, Tanah Lot Tour, Tanah Lot Sunset Dinner Package, Bali Farm Tour, Jatiluwih Expedition and Rafting Tanah Lot Tour Package.
There are the secret rules must be followed by all people including Balinese Hindu people when entering the temple area as follows:
- The women who being menstruation are not allowed
- The women who being pregnant are not allowed
- The children who are not having teeth off naturally will not be allowed to enter the temple area
- The people who being mourning are not allowed
- Do not make noise
- Parking Area
- Public Toilet
- Public Telephone