The view from the rear courtyard overlooking the jungle and the sea.
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Pura Pulaki is a Hindu shrine and one of the most popular temples in Bali. It was built to commemorate the arrival of the Javanese saint-priest Nirartha, who came to Bali in the 16th century AD.
Pura Pulaki is a part of the Pulaki Temples Complex that also includes Pura Pabean(Scene-S3), Pura Kerta Kawat, Pura Melanting, Pura Belatungan, Pura Puncak Manik, and Pura Pemuteran. A common Hindu belief suggests that these 7 temples were to represent the 7 layers of the universe.
The Pulaki Temple stands only 25 meters away from the shore(Scene-S1), which is the ideal spot for getting spectacular views to the sea. The temple background is filled with bold cliffs and hills, all covered or surrounded by jungles and forests.
Besides the mind-blowing landscapes, the temple is also famous for the macaques that hang around the temple during the daytime and consider it their home (Scene-a1). They are sacred here, so don’t be disrespectful to them. They’re also used to taking food from strangers, even if they have to steal it(Scene-a1). Other than that, the monkeys are always friendly and inquisitive to the visitors.
As the majority of Hindu temples, Pura Pulaki consists of 3 courts. First, the visitors pass the Pulaki gates, made of black stone in 1983, and find themselves in the mid-court. This is where you’ll find the perfect combination of the Javanese sea and the surrounding trees and hills.
You’ll see a big monkey statue right in front of the main gate. It’s meant for informing visitors about the sacred residents of the temple and the nearby forest. Moreover, the temple is literally full of these statues.
The next court can be reached by climbing more stairs. This court serves as a gathering spot for the locals to pray and participate in the religious rituals. Sometimes, you’ll come across dead silence, the only noise belonging to the temple monkeys, who often steal the offerings. If you witness the act, don’t speak loudly about it; the locals are well aware of the “robbery,” but they prefer to stay fully concentrated.
As for the building exterior, black is generally dominant in the overall architecture of the temple; different shrines and ornaments are majorly made of black granite stone.
There is a narrow path in the back of the temple. After and during the rain, it becomes very slippery, but do take the chance to climb up as the destination is the most popular spot for landscape photography.
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