One of the smaller temples on the site
A "Welcome" sign to Batu Bolong Temple
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Larisa_Aslanyan Author / Photography and Production Keith EatonBatu Bolong, South Bali
The temple of Batu Bolong is one of the most important and beautiful Hindu temples in Bali and the entire world. Although it often becomes a topic for confusion related to its location and history, the temple will definitely stick to the memory of every traveler who enters its gates. They offer splendid nature, local culture, and spiritual tranquility.
Pura Batu Bolong is dedicated to the worship of Ida Batara Segara, also known as Dewa Baruna -- the sea god in Hindu religion. Ceremonies regularly take place inside the temple, which means that travelers should be careful with their behavior during those holidays.
The complex of Batu Bolong consists of small temples and pagodas, which are perched on a volcanic cliff-like rock that extends to the Indian Ocean. This small rocky island is connected to land with a natural rock bridge. Due to the scenic peculiarities, this destination became quite popular with families looking for a beach picnic or views to the sea. This spot is also the number one place to watch the sunset, whether you’re with a family or a special someone. This is why the best time to visit Pura Batu Bolong is just before the sunset. Give the temple around 2 hours and enjoy the beach life after that.
The name “Batu Bolong” means “A stone with a hole,” which refers to the rocky foundation of the temple. More specifically, the hole constitutes the opening underneath the temple, through the rock. This natural phenomenon makes the temple one of the most photographed places in Bali.
This extraordinary temple faces the holy mountain of Bali -- Gunung Agung. It’s on 3142m high, but can easily be climbed. Moreover, all temples in Bali, regardless of location, face Gunung Agung. Even the locals sleep with their heads pointed towards the volcano.
The second type of visitors seek a more extreme vacation. Pura Batu Bolong is only 50m away from the white sandy beach of Canggu, which is known for crazy waves, surfers and fans of extreme water sports.
History of the Temple
The history of the temple is recorded on many papyrus sheets, which contain 2 main theories that, ironically, don’t really match. According to the first one, professor Kuturan was in this area on business with the king. He was passing by the rocks one day, when he noticed a hermit in between those rocks. Whatever he did or said, the hermit continued his mediation session. It is said that after their conversation both agreed that the spot should be called Batu Bolong.. This theory mentioned the 14th century for construction date of the temple.
Another theory, uncovered from the second papyrus, suggests a less dramatic story. According to it, the temple was built in the 15th century.
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20 August 14