Wasan Temple, a Historic Site in Gianyar

Wasan Temple, a Historic Site in Gianyar

There is a new tourist attraction in Gianyar named Wasan Temple. It is a historical site recently discovered. Wasan site complex is estimated to originate from the thirteenth to fourteenth centuries based on the style of the statue found. It is situated at Belahtanah hamlet, Batuan Kaler, Sukawati, Gianyar, or about 16 km from Denpasar.

There is a new tourist attraction in Gianyar named Wasan Temple. It is a historical site recently discovered. Wasan site complex is estimated to originate from the thirteenth to fourteenth centuries based on the style of the statue found. It is situated at Belahtanah hamlet, Batuan Kaler, Sukawati, Gianyar, or about 16 km from Denpasar.

Jero Mangku Wayan Lasiaja said that the location of the Wasan temple is at the Puseh Temple of Wasan, so that when going into the temple area must pass through the split gates (candi bentar). Wasan temple is situated in the middle of paddy field area of Subak Wasan. “In the past, all the heritage sites are buried in the ground. Then, it was dug and studied from 1996 to 2006. Finally it could find archaeological heritages such as temple made of arranged rocks and a pond,” he said.

Findings of the statue ornaments were then compared to others, so that it made the current temple. The temple has a height of 17 meters above the ground. Inside the temple are placed the statues found. Although it is relatively new, the temple looks majestic and classic. “This place is usually used to meditate by local community as well as travelers,” said Jero Mangku.

When entering the temple area, visitors will feel different. In the south follows an ancient pond overgrown with flowers. In the north of the temple, there are statue heritages made of rocks. They have different shape and are no longer in intact condition, such as the statue of Catur Muka (four-headed statue), the embodiment of goddess and Lord Nandhi whose pedestal is decorated with skulls.

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Jero Mangku Wayan Lasiaja explained that Wasan Temple is supported by ten families comprising five families of Jero Mangku Wayan Lasiaja and five other families from outside the village. Nevertheless, every piodalan or temple festival almost the entire communities of Belahtanah hamlet put offerings. It is held every six months (210 days) on Buda Cemeng Kelawu.

According to the belief of local people, Wasan Temple also serves as a sanctum for invoking a healing. People are coming based on pewisik (divine inspiration), information of other people and by dreams. “Especially for people from outside Bali and overseas such as the Netherlands and France, they just come to meditate,” he explained.

In 2014, the research of the twenty-first phase was made in the temple courtyard of Subak Wasan located in the north side having been completely refurbished. This research is inspired by the previous research in 1986 and 2006 that could find archaeological remains such as rock temple and a pond having been restored by the Institute of Cultural Heritage Preservation for Bali, NTB and NTT region in 2009. (BTN/015)



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