Pura Luhur Serijong Historical Temple in Tabanan


Pura Luhur Serijong, a sacred building with Balinese architecture which is very rich in historical value. Located in Antap Village, West Selemadeg District, Tabanan Regency, Bali. To be able to access the tourist sites of Pura Luhur Serijong, we have to take a 2 hour trip from Ngurah Rai Airport or approximately 60 km from Denpasar City. Its location which is right on the edge of the main Java-Bali road makes this temple inevitably has to be passed by people who want to cross to the island of Java. Pura Luhur Serijong is right on the edge of the ocean, which is on the lips of Soka Beach. It is not difficult to find this temple because there is already a large sign that reads “Pura Luhur Serijong”.

You will feel mystical aura when you first enter the tourist area of ​​Pura Luhur Serijong. The surrounding atmosphere which is surrounded by towering coconut trees and bushes is one of the main attractions for Pura Luhur Serijong. We can see a very beautiful Balinese architecture when we are right in front of the gate to enter this temple. This temple has a unique history, in ancient times it was said that local residents who mostly lived on the beach saw a very bright beam of light emerging from the rocky shore. According to local residents’ belief, the incident was considered to be a good sign, so the local people built a temple right where the light appeared, which is known today as Pura Luhur Serijong. According to several records, the Pura Luhur Serijong tourist attraction was built around the XVI century AD, almost simultaneously with the construction of Pura Rambut Siwi in Jembrana and Pura Tanah Lot. The construction of this temple aims to honor Dang Hyang Dwijendra who was a very instrumental teacher on the island of Bali and was able to provide information. Worship of God in the manifestation of the rulers of the oceans known in Hinduism as Lord Baruna is also the object of worship in this temple. A major rehabilitation process has been carried out for Pura Luhur Serijong, including the first rehab was carried out in 1949-1950 and the Ngenteg Linggih ceremony was held in 1952. The second rehabilitation process was held in 1996-2003.

Just below the tourist attraction of Pura Luhur Serijong, there is a cave that is quite large and deep. According to the local customary leader who is also the manager of this temple, at the end of this cave there is a stone that resembles a padmasana, a place for prayer for Hindus. This cave is also home to thousands of bats whose existence has never been disturbed by humans. If we visit on the right day and are lucky, we can see thousands of these bats come out of the cave and fly in a very long line. At the edge of this cave there are several springs that are considered sacred. It is said that this is where Kebo Iwa performs asceticism escorted by a large snake and a white mouse the size of a dog. However, due to embankment construction activities, several springs are difficult to find again. Well, for tourists who are fans of history and Balinese architecture in particular, this place should be a consideration for your tourist destination. The Pura Luhur Serijong area is an area that is very sanctified and preserved, therefore there are no tourism facilities built adjacent to this area.

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