Pucak Tedung Temple

Pucak Tedung Temple

This beautiful temple is located on a plateau of Kerta village, Petang, Badung. It is approximately 30 km north of Denpasar. Amazing natural scenery can be seen from the temple courtyard. It will be clearly seen the view of the eastern, southern and western part of Bali Island. Vehicles passing in Baturiti heading for Singaraja

This beautiful temple is located on a plateau of Kerta village, Petang, Badung. It is approximately 30 km north of Denpasar. Amazing natural scenery can be seen from the temple courtyard. It will be clearly seen the view of the eastern, southern and western part of Bali Island. Vehicles passing in Baturiti heading for Singaraja from Denpasar and vice versa are also visible from here.

Pucak Tedung has three courtyards. The first is the highest one or the innermost courtyard (jeroan). This area hosts the main buildings. The second one is middle courtyard (jaba tengah) consisting of bale kulkul (wooden split drum tower) and Panggungan pavilion and the lowest is outermost courtyard (jaba sisi). In the meantime, in the northwest of the Pucak Tedung Temple, there is a small temple called Sekartaji Temple with only two buildings, namely the shrine of Batur Sari and Paruman Pancaresi. Existence of this temple is closely associated with Pucak Tedung.

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Literally, the Pucak Tedung is derived from two words. In Balinese, pucak means the highest point of plateau, while tedung is a kind of sacred umbrella. So far, the etymology on the name of Pucak Tedung has not been found in any palm-leaf manuscripts or chronicles. Mythologically, it is said that in the past there was a leader of Hinduism named Danghyang Nirartha or Bhatara Sakti Wawu Rawuh made a pilgrimage from Pulaki to eastern part of the Island of Bali. Among his journey, he took a rest on the highest point of a plateau (Balinese people usually call it pucak). When he resumed the journey, his umbrella was left behind on the peak. Hence, the plain is called Pucak Tedung and the temple established is called Pucak Tedung.

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During the glory of Mengwi kingdom around the seventeenth century whose territory got to the region of North Badung, the supervision or maintenance of Pucak Tedung was submitted to Carangsari Palace. Then, Carangsari Palace handed over the supervision and maintenance to Kerta Palace. In the seventeenth century, Carangsari Palace developed its territory where an offspring named I Gusti Ngurah Rai moved to Petang village and settled there. Since Kerta Palace had no descendant, the supervision and maintenance of Pucak Tedung was then submitted to Petang Palace, denoting a fraction of Carangsari Palace. In the meantime, paraphernalia such as holy bell was still kept in Kerta Palace.

In the administration of I Gusti Ngurah Rai at Petang village, there was division of the territory of customary village and supporting devotees (pangemong) of the Pucak Tedung Temple. They are the Sulangai village, Munduk Damping customary village, Lipah customary village, Sandakan customary village, Angantiga customary village, Batulantang customary village, Kerta customary village and Petang customary village.

Aside from the customary village communities mentioned above, during the temple festival or piodalan at Pucak Tedung many pilgrims from outside Petang subdistrict also come to say prayers to the temple. Every temple in Bali has piodalan or temple festival organized differently. There are temples whose festival fall once a year (based on Balinese lunar year) or every six months or 210 days (pawukon year). Piodalan at Pucak Tedung is conducted every six months, falling on Saturday Kliwon Krulut or Tumpek Krulut. On the piodalan, sanctified effigy of the deity is carried in melasti (purificatory rite) procession to Beji Temple. After returning from the Beji Temple, it takes a rest at Sekartaji Temple. Literally, this sojourn or short break is just like tidying up clothes before entering a house(BTN/014).

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