Here’s the next part of my Bali trip! After our morning Barong dance show, we moved on to Pura Puseh Batuan Temple, which is close to the Ngurah Rai International Airport. This 11th century temple is a perfect example of ancient Balinese architecture, with lots of beautiful, elaborate carvings. While obviously not as popular as the famed Tanah Lot, it is a great place of visit located near the city centre.
The exterior of the temple. Most of the temple is decorated with intricate stone carvings and little shrines with statues dedicated to different deities. Orange is a recurrent colour on the walls of the temple.
Once a visitor enters, they are greeted by a spacious square courtyard, with a ten-foot tall facade facing the entrance. Lots of smaller shrines and stone carvings line the perimeter. Smaller gates lead into the inner courtyards, which contain separate small shrines and platforms. Apparently it is the Balinese tradition to have their temples/homes this way. While our houses basically have everything under one roof, Balinese homes have separate smaller ‘houses’ in their courtyard for different chambers in a home. This means that a toilet is a stand alone building, a kitchen is in another building, the bedrooms are all separate, etc.
A shrine, with wordings in Indonesian and Indic.Indic is an ancient subcontinental Indian language, since Bali is heavily influenced by the Hindu religion.
Moss has grown over most of the statues, giving it a very ancient-like charm. Otherwise, it’s very well-kept by the residents of Batuan village.
Gold, red, orange and blue motifs add splashes of colour to the grey stone granite. You don’t need to be a genius to know that Bali is an island of very skilled craftsmen
These Balinese prayer boxes are a common sight around the island – outside house shrines, at temples, even at the side of the streets. The woven leaf trays often contain colourful flowers, candy, dry biscuits and incense. Forgot to ask Toto about it ( I don’t think he would know it in depth anyway coz he’s actually Javanese Muslim), but the prayers are supposed to be part of the balance between good and evil, as the Gods receive them on the family shrines, while demons receive theirs on the ground. As mentioned in my previous post, the Balinese pray three times a day, and this is an everyday act of devotion.
The process of Balinese prayer is sacred and full of meaning, so it’s hard to summarize everything here. A good reference would be this article here.
A raised platform with traditional gamelan instruments for tourists to play with. They are kind of like an ancient xylophone. It’s very soothing to hear the steady, high tinkling of the bell-drums.
As a form of respect, visitors will have to wear a sarong covering over the waist if you’re wearing shorts.
If you’re looking for a dose of culture and a taste of this island’s rich history/religious background, then the Pura Puseh Batuan Temple is a good place to go that’s not too far from the city. The architecture is beautiful and if you come at the right time, you’ll get to see the daily rituals performed at the temple too.