Tired of the hustle and bustle of southern Bali, Kuta Beach, Nusa Dua Beach or Sanur Beach, with its beaches and sparkling nights? Try to come to the northeastern area of Denpasar, precisely in Gianyar district where this area is a place for those who love tourist objects by relying on natural beauty, culture and peace, because this is where the center of culture and religion in Bali is still original and natural. One of them is Gunung Kawi Sebatu Spring Water Temple where you will truly feel the sanctity and beauty of a Hindu temple in Bali.
It is not known exactly when this temple was built but according to historical records it is stated that the Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple was built for the worship of the gods, especially Lord Vishnu on the orders of Rishi Markandeya. Rishi Markandeya is a Maharishi of Hinduism from the island of Java who move to Bali in 8th century. The atmosphere that is still beautiful is also presented by Gunung Kawi Temple. Right behind the temple there are forests and rice field that give a green effect. The water from the spring at the temple use to irrigate the rice field around the village.
Temples have become part of spiritual tourism objects for purification at spring water spout, one of which is Gunung Kawi Sebatu Spring Water Temple, which is located in Sebatu Village, Tegallalang, Gianyar, Bali. From Ubud center will take about 30 minutes drive by car local Ubud Driver or motor bike and from Kuta or Sanur Beach area will take about 1.30 hours drive by local Bali Driver or motor bike. The temple, which has an area of about 50 acres. Still in the same area, there are two other temples, namely Pura Pemaksan Pasek Gelgel and Pura Beji. The Pemaksan Gelgel Temple is located in the east, which is carried by Krama Pasek Gelgel in the Sebatu Traditional Village, while the Beji Temple for entertainment belongs to the Telepud Traditional Village area.
Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple means “Gunung = Mountain” and “Kawi = made” and Sebatu which refers to the name of the village where this temple was built. Sebatu itself means “stone”. This temple is categorized as “Dhang Kahyangan” where all Hindus in Bali are allowed to worship here because temples in Bali have different categories such as temples that can only be used by one caste, only for certain villages and so on. So people who worship at this temple not only come from the village of Sebatu but from all Hindus in Bali. In addition to worship, in this temple there are also several holy water showers where people use them for “Melukat” or purification baths because it is believed that “Melukat” in this shower will be blessed by the gods.
The big ceremony held here is the piodalan of each Purnamaning (full moon) Sasih Kasa, it’s mean will celebrate every 1 year according lunar calendar. As generally entering the sacred area, for tourists who come must wear traditional clothes. In the ticket purchase area, cloth has been provided to lend to visitors while in the temple area. Other public temple ceremony anniversary in Bali please Read More.
In the area of the yard of this attraction there is also a pool with a size large enough. There is also a large enough wantilan (meeting hall), local and foreign visitors can relax there. Many of them brought their families, spent time, and enjoyed the atmosphere. The tourists can do activities by feeding the Koi Fish with there are hundreds of medium-sized fish swimming back and forth in the pool area. Not only fish in the pond area, there are also several other animals in the garden area which are quite well maintained.
Entrance fee to visit Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple for adult at IDR 15,000 per person and for children at IDR 10,000 per person. The ticket can buy on spot on that day when you arrive at dance venue by cash in IDR (Indonesian Rupiah).
Other interesting places located near by Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple nice to visit is Ubud Monkey Forest, Ubud Art Market, Ubud Palace, Gunung Lebah Temple Ubud, Ubud Campuhan Ridge Walk, Saraswati Temple, Ubud Swing, Barong Dance, Batubulan Village, Ubud Ayung River Rafting, Tegenungan Waterfall, Tibumana Waterfall, Kintamani Batur Mount Volcano, Elephant Cave, Tegallalang Rice Terrace, Spring Water Temple Tirta Empul, Gunung Kawi King Memorial Tampaksiring, Bali Coffee Farm, Celuk Village, Sukawati Souvenirs Market, Bali Bird Park, Bali Zoo Park, Butterfly Park, Puseh Batuan Temple and Ubud Art Villages.
The temple located at Sebatu Village, Tegallalang District, Gianyar Regency, Bali – Indonesia.