Jagatnatha Temple Bali Denpasar is strategically located in the city center, easily accessible, and directly overlooking the Puputan square in the west side. This area is equipped with several other public facilities. The building architectural style is typical and the towering structure (padmasana) makes the temple is easily recognizable.
The name of the temple "Jagatnatha" is not refers to the location where the temple was built like other temple (such as: Besakih Temple in Besakih, Pura Ulun Danu Batur in Batur, etc.). But it’s more related to the special name of God. The word "Jagat" means the world and the universe. While the word "Natha" means king, help and protection. The temple is dedicated to worship the God in its manifestation as Sang Hyang Jagat Natha or Ruler of the Universe.
The temple was built in 1963. The history of the temple construction is associated with the decision of the Hindu Association or PHDI Bali which held in Campuhan Ubud, Gianyar, Bali at 20 November 1961. The purpose to build this temple refers to the decision to develop the religious education centers and foster the lives of Hindus.
Then on 16 January 1963, the construction committee was formed. The construction process is quite slow associated with several important events at that time. Finally, on 13 May 1968, the Piodalan Alit (small piodalan anniversary) was carried out for the first time.
Inside the temple area there is the main building in the form of a temple or padmasana as a stana of Hyang Widhi (God). Padmasana means a throne or a seat of God in lotus shape. Lotus flower symbolize a seat or throne for the god or the authority in many different forms called Istadewata.
There is Also a fish pond surrounding the Shirne with the bridge as the connection. This bridge is a symbol of "Titi Ugal Agil" which functions to purify every people who entering the main temple area.
This temple has no pengemong (or the group of people / organization / team who support, keep, maintains the temple) like other temples but only has a small number of volunteers. At first the temple is managed by temple development committee of Jaganatha Temple. Afterward is managed by The Hindu Holiday Committee (PAHARA HINDU) which the members are drawn from the regional government of Badung regency and Denpasar city. Nowadays, this temple has been taken over by the government of Denpasar City.