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Buleleng, Grokgak , Banyupoh Village, Pulaki temple

Buleleng, Grokgak , Banyupoh Village, Pulaki temple


Pulaki Temple is located 30 km from Seririt and 48 km west of Singaraja, near the grape-growing village of Banyupoh. This important temple was built to commemorate the arrival of the Javanese saint-priest Nirartha to Bali in the early 16th century.
The temple has black-stone gate; this gate was built in 1983 and heralded with a great ceremony that need holy water from various places range from east Java in the west to Lombok in the east. As any other temple in Bali, Pura Pulaki is divided into three area, Jaba, outer courtyard, jaba tengah, middle courtyard and jeroan, inner courtyard. Not just the gate, the shrines and the ornaments of this sacred temple are also black.

This temple is just 25 meters from the sea with cliffs tower behind the temple, surrounded by jungle and overrun by hordes of simians. The simians are considered sacred and fed by pilgrims. The monkeys on the hills range have existed before the arrival of Danghyang Nirartha. It is said that when he entered the forest of Pulaki he was escorted by those monkey troops. As his respect to those monkeys Danghyang Nirartha then established the Pulaki Temple and the entire monkeys there came to be its guardian.

The Pulaki temple is surrounded by several temples that are known as “Pesanakan”. The surrounding temples are: Pemuteran Temple located 1 km to the west popular for its hot spring, Kerta Kawat Temple located 2 km to the southeast, and Pabean Temple 400 meters to the northeast.

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