June 13, 2019

Petitenget Temple In Bali - Pura Petitenget Kerobokan Kelod (North Kuta)

A peaceful atmosphere is covering one of the centuries-old temples in Bali, the Petitenget Temple. This is a cultural landmark around Seminyak - Kerobokan, sacred and highly respected. This one bears the status of "Dang Kahyangan" and hold great spiritual significant. This magical temple overlooking the blue ocean, surrounded with greeneries and beautiful seascapes. This is an amazing spot near the beach with tranquil environments.

Petitenget Temple In Bali, Pura Petitenget Kerobokan, Pura Petitenget Sea Temple

The temple is located in Kerobokan Kelod, North Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali. You can access this place easily by car, and less than one hour from Ngurah Rai International Airport.



There is a large parking area in front of the temple with a low fee. Plenty of food stalls, caf├ęs and souvenir shops are also available on the spot. At weekends this place is usually crowded by locals.

Petitenget Temple In Bali, Pura Petitenget Kerobokan, Pura Petitenget Sea Temple Petitenget Temple In Bali, Pura Petitenget Kerobokan, Pura Petitenget Sea Temple

This sacred sea temple is related to the legendary Hindu priest, Dang Hyang Nirartha. He came to Bali during the fall of the Majapahit Kingdom. At the time, Bali was under the reign of King Dalem Waturenggong (1460 - 1550 AD).

Many sources mentioned, in the beginning the coastal area in Petitenget was dense forest. At that time, Dang Hyang Nirarta was communicating with Ida Bhatara Masceti in Petitenget, on his way to Uluwatu Temple.

He saw a shadow that became known as "I Bhuta Ijo". This spirit is then assigned to guard the "pecanangan" or the priest's betel box.

The spirit tried to keep the box well, even making an outbreak of disease for everyone who dares to approach the box. Then, the area is enveloped by a scary and haunted feeling.

Residents were anxious and finally begged for instructions to Dang Hyang Nirarta. The priest advised the residents to make the "Pelinggih Pesimpangan" which was devoted to Ida Bhatara Masceti and "Pelinggih Pegedongan" specifically for I Bhuta Ijo.

After the advice was implemented, the situation began to improve and residents survived. This area became known as "Petitenget" ("Peti" mean box; "Tenget" mean haunted).

Petitenget Temple In Bali, Pura Petitenget Kerobokan, Pura Petitenget Sea Temple

There are prohibitions for being inside the temple (Dang Kahyangan Pura Petitenget) such as: those who are not wearing a traditional Balinese outfit; those who are having menstruation or bleeding; and no entry to sacred altar and holy building.

Visitors who want to enter the temple need to pay for entrance fees. Many give notes related to the cost of entrance fees to be paid and most of the places are closed, reserved only for worshipers.

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The temple is quite shady, lots of trees and frangipani blooms, so calm and peaceful. The entrance gate or Candi Bentar has a beautiful architecture with a red brick arrangement, complete with bale kul-kul (slit drum), ceremonial umbrella, and statues with checkered fabric ornaments.

Next to it is the Pura Masceti Ulun Tanjung, a place to pray for the local people begging for prosperity, fertility, and protection from disease. At certain times, the traditional dance rehearsals are held by locals in the big pavilion hall (Wantilan).

The piodalan ceremony (anniversary celebration) takes place every 210 days (6 months in Balinese Calendar) on Wednesday or Buda Cemeng wuku Merakih (Buda Wage Merakih).

Balinese Hindus will flock during the ceremony, wearing their traditional costumes, giving offerings, burning incense and pray for blessings of salvation and harmony. This is an active temple, considered as a holy place of worship for the local Balinese and many religious festivals are held here.

From the parking area, visitors can head directly to the beach. This is a fine stretch of golden-grey sand, one of the best sunset beaches on the West Coast of Bali with beautiful scenery, water reflection and serene atmosphere.

Petitenget beach also hosted several Balinese customary rituals such as: Ngangkid, Mulang Pekelem, and Nangluk Merana. This beach also functions as a place for the Melasti ritual (purification) for residents of Kerobokan, Padang Sambian and its surroundings. Visitors can enjoy panoramic views, blue water and a magnificent sunset. This is a great place and worth a visit!


Reference

  1. google.co.id
  2. wikipedia.org _ Kerobokan Kelod,Kuta Utara, Badung _ on June 11, 2019
    https://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerobokan_Kelod,_Kuta_Utara,_Badung
  3. Image : Original Collection

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