Ponjok Batu Temple – Singaraja Bali Stone Temple
Ponjok Batu Temple is a unique and sacred Hindu temple where all temple buildings are made from stone situated in Banjar Alasari, Pacung countryside, Tejakula sub district and Buleleng regency, Singaraja Bali. This temple is also known as Bali Stone Temple located 24 km east side of Singaraja town or north part of Bali. This temple area own the wide area about 35 acre in form of black stones bank. The position of this temple is sticking out to the sea as a small peninsula. Therefore, the local call this site as Ponjok (Balinese word). Base on the position and condition then this place is named by Ponjok Batu. So that, the temple is standing above peninsula referred as Ponjok Batu Temple.
Ponjok Batu Temple Story
In papyrus of Dwijendra Tattwa elaborate that Danghyang Nirartha (who one spread out the Hinduism in Bali) besides executing Tirtha Yatra (visit the holy places) in Bali area, he also do at Lombok and Sumbawa Island. When he did the Tirta Yatra in Lombok and Sumbawa Island, he leave in Bali passing the north area of the island. And then, it is named by Denbukit. Hereinafter narrated that Danghyang Nirartha found the lodging at the sea shore with its stone bank and steep rather sordid to sea. The shape of this stone bank is like peninsula, hence the local people call it by Ponjok.
After omitting a few moments in the lodging, then he go to Lombok and Sumbawa Island for Tirtha Yatra. At the end, the Pesraman/lodging of Danghyang Nirartha is built an altar. Hence, this altar is named with Ponjok Batu Temple existing since 16 century. The founding of this altar is together with the execution of Danghyang Nirartha journey in north part of Bali .
Function of Ponjok Batu Temple or Bali Stone Temple as follows:
- According to the archaeology omission at Ponjok Batu Temple , there is an Arca (statue) with four hands as a fundamental of Ponjok Batu Temple building. The attribute (icon) of this Arca have timeworn, so that any kind of object brought is ignoble and the God Arca it self can not be identified. Besides of the God Statue (Arca), it has found a Lembu Nandi Arca (a cow statue) means from Siwa God. If the both Arcas are interacting hence the God Arca with 4 hands in this temple is Arca of Siwa God.
- According to Papyrus of Dwijendra Tattwa, it can say that the function of Ponjok Batu Temple is for worship the supremacy of Danghyang Nirartha as a Teacher in settling Hinduism teaching, especially Siva-ism. The existence of special temple building in Ponjok Batu Temple has strengthened the function of this temple.
North Bali Places of Interest
Singaraja Town is a formerly town of Bali Island featured by many places of interest those are well appointed as tourist destinations. The following places of interest are includes:
What Tour Arrangement to Visit Ponjok Batu Temple?
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PUBLIC FACILITIES AT PONJOK BATU TEMPLE
- Parking Area
- Entrance Fee (charged)
- Food Stall
- Drinks Stall