February 4, 2020

Dewa Ruci Statue Bali - Nice Statue But Heavy Traffic

Dewa Ruci statue has become one of the icons of tourism in Bali. Many foreign tourists take photos here and really feel the atmosphere of Bali when seeing the statue of Dewa Ruci. This spot is usually crowded during the day and night and also on weekends. This statue looks amazing at night when colorful lights begin to turn on complete with beautiful fountains.

Dewa Ruci Statue Bali, Patung Dewa Ruci Kuta Bali, Dewa Ruci Story

The statue is situated at the intersection of Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai, Jl. Sunset Road, and Jl. Setia Budi; and this belong to the administrative area of Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali.

This majestic statue is located close to Mal Bali Galeria (MBG). Dewa Ruci statue was built in 1996. This is one of the masterpieces of the artist I Wayan Winten from Mas Village, Ubud, Gianyar Regency.

This spot is often called, "simpang siur" by the local community because there are many intersections. Initially, the vehicle traffic here was so heavy, there were lots of traffic lights and frequent traffic jams occurred. At present, traffic has been smooth with the Dewa Ruci Underpass, which was inaugurated in 2013. It also facilitates traffic from Ngurah Rai Airport to Sunset Road.

This statue takes the theme from the story of Mahabarata and is so popular among locals and tourists. This amazing statue features a Bima figure wrapped around by a dragon. Also, there is the figure of "Acintya" which is identified as Dewa Ruci. There also motif of waves at the lower part when Bhima fight with Naga Neburwana.

Dewa Ruci Story

Dewa Ruci is a god encountered by Bima, one of the Panca Pandavas, when traveling to find the water of life. The story of Dewa Ruci illustrates an attitude of respect from a student (Bima) to his teacher (Drona), independence in acting, and a hard struggle in finding indentity.

It is said that Bima was being ordered by his teacher (Rsi Drona) to look for the water of life or "Tirtha Amerta", so that Bima could achieve perfection. But this was only the teacher's strategy so that Bima would not participate in the Mahabarata war that was being prepared.

He left for dangerous places that had been setup by Rsi Drona. Bima headed for Mount Candramuka where he met two ferocious giants, namely: Rukmuka and Rukmakala. A fight ensued between Bima and the giants. Bima defeated the giants but did not find what he was looking for. Then he herds a voice from Dewa Indra and Bayu, stating that the water of life did not exist in that place. Bima finally returned to Astina and met the teacher.

Rsi Drona argued and this time he ordered Bima to look for the water of life in the ocean. Bima firmly returned to carrying out this order even though his brothers had tried to remind him that this was a trap.

Arriving at the edge of the sea, Bima made up his mind and confidence so he could reach the ocean floor. Bima meets Naga Neburwana, a ferocious, fanged and deadly dragon. There battle occurred between Bima and Naga Neburwana, where the dragon's body wrapped around Bima tightly.

Bhima, who was in a pinched and overwhelmed position, remembered the powerful magic on his nails. Finally, he thrust his nails on the dragon's body and Bima managed to defeat Naga Neburwana.

Next Bima meets Dewa Ruci, a figure with a small stature and similar to Bima. He was ordered to enter the left ear of Dewa Ruci. Bima finally saw a vast world. Dewa Ruci said that the water of life is nowhere to be found, and it is useless to look for it everywhere, because the water of life is within man himself.

Bima's feelings became bright and happy after receiving an explanation about the life given by Dewa Ruci. Bima attained perfection because of being willing, respectful, alert, and always humble.

Dewa Ruci Statue

The statue is easily seen from the main road, but to reach the statue visitors still have to cross the road with heavy traffic. This takes quite a long time, is a bit challenging and you must be careful.

The best way to see the statue is to come directly to this spot from the hotel where you stay or from the nearest restaurant. You can also book a tour package from a service provider, and then stop by for a while and taking some photos, after that you can continue the journey to the next destinations. The latter is more efficient. You can optimize the short visit time and visit many interesting spots in Bali.

For accommodation near Dewa Ruci, you can consider options such as: HARRIS Hotel Kuta Galleria Bali, Grand Mega Resort & Spa Bali, Mega Boutique, Golden Tulip Jineng Resort, Sunset Kuta Hotel & Ballroom, The Kana Kuta Hotel, Natya Hotel, Mercure Bali Harvestland Kuta, Crystal Kuta, Hawaii Bali Hotel, Rhadana Kuta Bali, Hotel Santika Kuta Bali, Park Regis Kuta, Kuta Majesty Hotel, Hotel & Residences Riverview Kuta Bali, etc.

You can have your meals in restaurants near the statue, including: Haishen Restaurant, Café Dijon Bali, Formosa Seafood Restaurant, Budesa Restaurant, McDonald's, Quintino's Coffee & Tea Café, Starbucks, Nasi Pecel Bu Tinuk, Pondok Tempo Doeloe, etc.

You can enjoy several attractions near Dewa Ruci Statue, such as: Travel Mangrove Forests, Candi Narmada Temple, Griya Kongco Tanah Kilap, Reborn Sunset Kuta Bali, Mal Bali Galeria, Galeria Cinema XXI, Krisna Oleh Oleh Bali Bypass, The Keranjang Bali, Satria Gatotkaca Statue, Park 23 Entertainment Centre, etc.

This is a clean place with a statue in the middle of a large pond. There is a surrounding green garden, neatly arranged and equipped with dragon head motif ornaments as well as several stone statues. This is a cool spot to take pictures, just relax, and recreation. This spot does not have special parking for visitors.


  1. google.co.id
  2. wikipedia.org _ Dewa Ruci _ on February 2, 2020
  3. Image : Original Collection

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