Rambut Siwi Temple Bali (Pura Rambut Siwi Bali)
Rambut Siwi Temple (Pura Rambut Siwi)...
...is located in the Regency of Jembrana, in the north-western part of Bali, close to Negara, between Yeh Embang and Yeh Sumbu Village in the Mendoyo district. The one-way trip from Kuta takes about 2.5 hours.
Pura Rambut Siwi dates back to the 16th century and it also looks like Dangh Hyang Nirartha, (also see Uluwatu Temple and Goa Lawah) had influenced the name and the final construction of this temple too. Legends say, when he arrived from East Java, Nirartha also visited Rambut Siwi Temple. The guard at the entrance forced the priest to pray at Pura Rambut Siwi to avoid getting attacked by a tiger. Nirartha followed his orders and did his meditation (yoga samadi). A short while after Nirartha’s ceremony, a building inside the temple collapsed. Shocked and confused the guard asked for Nirartha’s forgiveness and begged for his help to rebuild the temple. The Holy priest agreed and after the work was done, he untied his hair pulled it and gave some locks to the guard. He finally asked the guard to store his hair in the holy building (pelinggih) to bless every pilgrim.
Rambut Siwi Temple, one of the biggest temples in Bali, is an amazing complex with stunning ocean views. It is surrounded by several other temples (Pesanggrahan Temple – located on the side of the Denpasar-Gilimanuk road, Taman Temple – located to the east of the entrance to Rambut Siwi Temple, Penataran Temple – located east of Rambut Siwi, Goa Tirta Temple, Melanting Temple, Gading Wani Temple and Ratu Gede Dalem Ped Temple).
The people are very friendly, the guides are a fountain of knowledge and the prices are very reasonable. This temple complex deserves your attention and is well worth the 2.5 hour drive.
- Tip 1: Stroll along the black sandy shore and enjoy the local restaurants.
- Additional Information 1: The name of this cliff edge temple is derived from the Dangh Hyang Nirartha story.
- Additional Information 2: Rambut is the Indonesian word for Hair and Siwi means worshiper, which finally means nothing other than “the priest's hair”!