August 17, 2019

Pura Gede Luhur Batu Ngaus Cemagi - Sacred Temple and Beautiful Seascape in Mengwi, Bali

Pura Gede Luhur Batu Ngaus is one of Balinese temples located on the seaside. This is a symbol of the union between the sea and land, commonly known as "nyegara gunung". The temple hold great spiritual significant and has a status of "Dang Kahyangan". This is a sacred temple where Hindu Balinese come to pray for safety and harmony. This is a beautiful Balinese temple, sacred and highly respected.

Dang Kahyangan Pura Gede Luhur Batu Ngaus, Pura Batu Ngaus Cemagi

This temple is situated in Cemagi Village, Mengwi, Badung Regency, Bali. This spot can be accessed by car, but it will be more flexible to use a motorcycle. It's about an hour from Ngurah Rai International Airport.

You can reach it from the By Pas Tanah Lot, and then take the Jl. Pantai Seseh in Mengwi. Then continue on the Jl. Pantai Mengening and take the Jl. Pratu Rai Madra until the end.

Along the access road to this holy place, you will be accompanied by panoramic views of rice fields and traditional Balinese houses. There is a beautiful garden before the entrance gate or "Candi Bentar" and also a spot for parking and rock fishing.

Dang Kahyangan Pura Gede Luhur Batu Ngaus, Pura Batu Ngaus Cemagi

This holy temple is perched on a large boulder that jutted into the sea. There are some green vegetations around it and blend harmoniously with the beauty of the traditional architecture of the temple. There is an access road that connects the temple directly with the mainland.

Visitors will pass through the entrance gate and arrive at the outermost temple courtyard. There is a big pavilion hall (wantilan) and also supporting buildings. From the pavilion, you can walk across the paving road to the temple at the end. Both sides of the road are decorated with black lava rock ornaments and some beautiful sculptures (statue).

Pura Batu Ngaus Cemagi

The history of this sacred temple is said to be related to the journey of a powerful wanderer who came from West Bali (Gilimanuk). Sources say that this story was obtained through a short narrative by the elders from Cemagi Village.

The story is told to have happened in the past, before the Kingdom of Mengwi. The Wanderer follows the southern coast of Bali to the east until he reaches the coast of Semenur. It was said that the Semenur area was a haunted place, full of rocks and surrounded by dense forest.

The Wanderer panted for breath, and then he did the chanting of the mantra. The Wanderer then named the place as "Batu Ngaos". Over time this place is known as Pura Gede Luhur Batu Ngaus.

The Wanderer then established a settlement and then settled or "meneng" in the forest. The place where he lived was later known as Dusun or Banjar Mengening. After some time, he finally continued his journey to the north. The place is filled with tamarind tree or "Celagi". The place was later named "Sagi Village" and until now it became "Cemagi Village".

Dang Kahyangan Pura Gede Luhur Batu Ngaus, Pura Batu Ngaus Cemagi Dang Kahyangan Pura Gede Luhur Batu Ngaus, Pura Batu Ngaus Cemagi

There are prohibitions for being inside the temple of Dang Kahyangan Pura Gede Luhur Batu Ngaus, such as: (1) Entering temple area to be dress neatly and properly; (2) In temple area are not allowed to do any immoral activities including fight or any kind of sex conducts; (3) Women who having their periods are not allowed entering the temple area (limited area until open building of the temple/wantilan); and (4) Keep cleanliness and environmental of the temple "Pura Gede Luhur Batu Ngaus".

Even so the temple door is closed, no entry is allowed to the inner temple. Visitors can only access the outside yard of the temple or down to the beach. The temple stands majestically, covered with the holy vibe and peaceful surroundings. This is an amazing spot with a calm and tranquil atmosphere.

Pura Batu Ngaus Cemagi Dang Kahyangan Pura Gede Luhur Batu Ngaus, Pura Batu Ngaus Cemagi

Mengening Beach is an inseparable part of this holy temple. Local Hindus usually gather on the beach during the Melasti Ceremony. This is a ritual held before Nyepi Day (Day of Silence). During the ritual, Balinese will flock to bring sacred objects from the nearest temple to the beach for purification.

This beach does offer an amazing seaside panorama, a black sand beach with low cliff formations, rocks, waves and blue water. While the surroundings are fertile rice fields, suitable for biking while enjoying the fresh air and rural atmosphere. This spot is close to Tanah Lot Temple and can be an alternative vacation during the peak season.

This spot is less touristy and away from the crowd. You can relax in the beautiful garden while enjoying seaside views and the sacred temple. Many couples do pre-wedding photo shoots here. This place has a calm atmosphere, perfect for spending time while enjoying the laid-back feel and cool sea-breeze. The waves are big, not for swimming. In addition, this place is also blessed with a beautiful and romantic sunset. This is really a great place and worth a visit!


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