Bali Alas Kedaton temple is a megalithic sacred Bali Hindu temple relics of ancient times, Alas Kedaton Temple and monkey forest has also become one the favorite places to visit for tourists in addition to the tourist attractions Tanah Lot Temple and Ulun Danu Beratan Temple as well as Batukaru Temple in Tabanan Bali.
Alas Kedaton Temple Bali located in the middle of the Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest, precisely in the village of Kukuh, Marga district, Tabanan regency. Alas Kedaton Temple or Pura Dalem Kahyangan Kedaton is located approximately 35 kilometers from the city of Denpasar Bali.
|Alas Kedaton Temple History|
|Alas Kedaton Temple Sacred Buildings & Statues|
|Alas Kedaton Temple Ceremony|
|Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest|
|Alas Kedaton Temple Map & Location|
Alas Kedaton Temple History
Alas Kedaton Temple was built by Mpu Kuturan or Mpu Rajakertha during the reign of King Sri Masula Masuli, according to the inscription of Sading Village, Mengwi, Badung Regency mentions that King Sri Masula Masuli start reigning in Saka 1100 (1178 AD). The inscription put on the Saka 1172 (1250 AD) which also mentions that King Sri Masula Masuli ruling in Bali island for 77 years, which means the government ended in Saka 1177 or 1255 AD.
The position of Alas Kedaton Temple is facing towards west and has 4 gates as entrances and exits of the temple, this shrine has a unique yard, the position of inside yard (in Balinese called Jeroan or Utama Mandala) is lower than middle yard (in Balinese called Jaba or Madya Mandala), unlike other temples in Bali which normally has a inside yard which is higher than the middle yard.
Alas Kedaton Temple Sacred Buildings & Statues
Alas Kedaton Temple also has several sacred buildings (Pelinggih), a Lingga (Phallus) and several statues :
A statue of Durga Mahisasura Mardhani who has 8 pieces of hand and stands on the statue of a bull, On each of its right hand from the top to down holding a fly repellent (Camara), Arrow (panah), Knife, and holding the tail of a bull. On each of its left hand from the top to down holding Kadga, Bow for archery, Trisula, Gadha.
A statue of Ganesha sitting on the lotus and 2 dragons, his right hand holding a prayer beads (Tasbih) and his left hands holding the ax and trunk, he has only 1 tusk (Ekadanta).
Alas Kedaton Temple Ceremony
The ceremony of Alas Kedaton Temple is in Anggara Kasih Medangsia (Balinese Calendar), 10 days after Kuningan Day. Unlike other temples, the other uniqueness that can be encountered in this temple is during the ceremony may not use incense and Kwangen during worship. Similarly, the use of Penjor, when the ceremony performed at Dalem Kahyangan Kedaton Temple we will not found Penjor like other temple ceremonies in Bali and this is also something that is unique.
The ceremony should be finished before sunset because they are not allowed to use lights as a means of confinement using fire, when the ceremony is completed, will be followed by Ngerebeg tradition. Ngerebeg means run with spears, Tedung (traditional Balinese Umbrella), and some leafy tree branches. Everyone cheered and shouted with joy to follow this ngerebeg tradition.
Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest
Alas Kedaton Temple located in a forest inhabited by thousands of monkeys and hundreds of big bats. Monkeys in the Kedaton forest are very friendly and very close to the visitors as they always feed them with nuts and other snacks, but caution should still be taken care of even though they are very friendly but sometimes they can also attack when they feel disturbed. Alas Kedaton Holy Monkey forest is one of the famous monkey forests in Bali island.
The other temples located in Tabanan regency
- Ulun Danu Beratan: The Temple on Lake Bratan Bedugul Bali
- Tanah Lot: Bali Temple on Sea Rock & Beautiful Sunset View
- Batukaru Temple: Holy Place on The Slope of Mt. Batukaru Bali
Alas Kedaton is a very famous tourist destination in Bali, especially in Tabanan. This place will be visited by many tourists both local and international, especially on public holidays. Visitors will usually be escorted by a local guide who knows the area around the forest to have a look around the temple area and surrounding forest areas. Not far from this location also provides stalls selling souvenirs, a playground for children, and other facilities. So that this place is also suitable for family holidays.
Alas Kedaton Temple Map & Location
Location and Map of Alas Kedaton Temple, Tabanan Bali powered by Google Maps
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