Kehen Temple

Vacation to Bali without a visit to the temple is incomplete. Similarly, if not come to Pura Kehen Bangli. This sacred temple is not only a place of worship but also a cultural site that must be preserved. Unlike temples in Bali in general, the entrance to Pura Kehen has its own uniqueness. If at another temple the door is a temple bentar (open temple), not so at Pura Kehen. The entrance of Pura Kehen is a bracket temple (enclosed temple). Not only that the uniqueness of Pura Kehen Bangli. There is also a bale hit on a banyan tree branch. This uniqueness increasingly makes the Pura Kehen a mandatory destination when visiting Bali. Banyan trees that grow very large in the area of ​​Pura Kehen is also very sacred by the community. Local people believe that if the banyan tree is broken, it means a grubug will happen. This conclusion is drawn from the many events that have occurred for generations since hundreds of years ago. In fact, the location of broken rods is also believed to be a sign that someone will experience disaster. For example, when King Bangli dies, the tree trunk located in Kaja Kangin (north-east) will be broken. If the tree trunk next to Kaja Kauh (southwest) will be broken, then the deceased is a priest. A sign for the general public if the accident happened is the tree trunk next to Kelod Kangin (northeast) and Kelod Kauh (southeast) which will be broken. Gedung Kehen Bangli is included in the cultural heritage of Balinese heritage. But when the year of establishment is still difficult to determine. But there are 3 inscriptions related to the existence of this Kehen Temple. In the 1st inscription that speak the Ancient Balinese name “Hyang Karinama” or “Hyang Api” in Simpat Bunut Village. Also mentioned the names of monks but not berangka year. By Dr. R. Goris inscription is included in the class that dates Isaka about 804 – 836 or about 882 – 914 AD. On the 2nd inscription, there is only one final page left behind of 10 lines of writing. Ancient Javanese inscriptions that mention the name Senapati Kuturan, Sapatha and the names of royal employees. This inscription is classified as Isaka years between 938-971 or about 1016 – 1049 AD. In the 3rd inscription, it says “Hyang Api” becomes “Hyang Kehen” until now known as Pura Kehen. From the origin he said, “Kehen” comes from the word “Cool” which means “fire”. So that from the three inscriptions can be estimated that Pura Kehen stood at about 882 – 914 AD or Isaka 804 – 836. This Kehen temple is a place of worship to Hyang Widhi with His manifestation. Ceremony held in this temple takes place every six months, to coincide with Pagerwesi Day that is every Buda Kliwon Wuku Sinta. But for the big ceremony of the ceremony Ngusaba Dewa or Karya Agung Bhatara Turun Kabeh, held every three months ie on Purnama Kalima, Saniscara Pon Wuku Sinta. In addition, small ceremonies are also performed at this Kehen Temple like Saraswati, Ulian Sugimanik, Purnama, Tilem, Kajeng Kliwon and Buda Kliwon. Pura Kehen Bangli is located in the Village Cempaga, District Bangli, Bangli District. Its existence can be reached from Ubud approximately 40 minutes drive.

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