Batukaru Temple Bali (Pura Luhur Batukaru Bali)
Batukaru Temple (Pura Luhur Batukaru) is located at the foot of Mount Batukaru, the second highest mountain in Bali, in the middle of the jungle, close to Wongayagede Village in the Taban Regency, about a 1 ½ hour drive from Kuta.
The history of Pura Luhur Batukaru, also named Watukaru Temple, is not clear but manuscripts from the 17th century about Buleleng Kingdom and Minuscripts called Kusuma Dewa, state that Mpu (Empu) Kuturan, who also built Uluwatu Temple, the Bat Cave Temple as well as many others in the 11th century, took over this project too. As with many temples, Batu Karu Temple also has a very interesting legend to offer.
A Balinese King named Panji Sakit, who wanted to expand his empire, attacked Batukaru. For some reason Panji Sakit also wanted to damage Batu Karu Temple and as soon as he had started to damage the temple, the King and his soldiers were attacked by thousands and thousands of bees forcing them to retreat.
Since the renovation of the temple which started in 1959, which took about 18 years, Batu Karu Temple is back its original shape.
Pura Luhur Batukaru lies in solitary clearing 1,300 meters above sea level, bounded by a lush green tropical rainforest. Next to Batukaru Temple you can find a garden with flowering frangipani, hibiscus plants and other vegetation. It is a very natural area, with wild monkeys and not many tourists visit this place.
The temple itself is not as impressive as some others as it consists of the three regular courtyards, separated by gates. Howeber the place is simply phenomenal and well worth the visit. It will not only inspire your spirit of discovery, Batukaru Temple also guarantees you a memorable moment that will last a lifetime.
In case you are in Bali one day after Galungan (Balinese Holiday), don’t miss the opportunity to see this temples delightful anniversary. Thousands of pilgrims from all over Bali meet on this special day at Watu Karu Temple.
Tip: Make sure you visit a lavatory before you go to Batukaru Temple as the sanitary standard for the provided restrooms is local.
Bali's 9 key directional temples are:
- Purah Besakih (Mother Temple), located on the western slopes of Gunung Agung in East Bali
- Pura Lempuyang (Lempuyang Temple), located on the slopes of Gunung Lempuyang, near Amlapura in East Balii
- Pura Luhur Batukaru (Batukaru Temple), located on the southern slopes of Gunung Batukaru in Central Bali
- Pura Luhur Uluwatu (Uluwatu Temple), located on the western end of the Bukit Peninsula
- Pura Ulun Danu Batur (Batur Temple), located at Kintamani in the Eastern Highlands
- Pura Goa Lawah (Bat Cave Temple), located on the main road near Padangbai in East Bali
- Pura Andakasa (Andakasa Temple), located on the summit of Mount Andakasa
- Pura Puncak Mangu (Puncak Mangu Temple), located on the top of Mount Catur, 2096 meter above the sea level
- Pura Pusering Jagat (Pusering Jagat Temple), located in the center of Bali, close to Gianyar city.