Pura Luhur Batukau is a sacred site nestled at the southern foot of Mount Batukaru, it was built in the 11th century by Mpu Kuturan, a priest from Java.  Some say that Mpu Kuturan built this temple to encourage the balance of soul, ocean, forest, lake, earth, and individual.  The site might have once been used as a place of meditation.

 

Text and Photos by Kartika D. Suardana

Pura Luhur Batukau is a sacred site nestled at the southern foot of Mount Batukaru, it was built in the 11th century by Mpu Kuturan, a priest from Java.  Some say that Mpu Kuturan built this temple to encourage the balance of soul, ocean, forest, lake, earth, and individual.  The site might have once been used as a place of meditation.

The temple was built to honour the spirits of lakes and mountains and the magnificent and peaceful setting of purple mountains and lush green trees perfectly matches this initial idea. 

At the entrance, before entering the main area, make a right turn to the lake with a beji, water source, in the middle. Nearby you will find several fountains; people believe that the water from them is holy and can be used to bless the body and soul before praying in the temple.  If you take a stroll along the scenic path around the lake you can watch birds swimming in the lake and listen to the pleasant and comforting sounds of nature. 

The main compound consists of a wooden shrine with a tiered rooftop and also a bale- gazebo where the priest usually leads ceremonies.  The well-maintained garden and the blooming flowers add some color to the compound which is otherwise dominated by brown wooden and earthy colors. Below the main compound there are two bale at both sides where ladies from the village prepare the offering before the worshipping ritual.

Pura Batukau is a haven for the soul, not only for the Balinese but also for anyone who is looking for peace and tranquility. 

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