Jl. Raya Alas Kedaton, Kukuh, Kec. Tabanan,
District - Tabanan
Regency - Tabanan
ZONE AREA A
Alas Kedaton Temple Bali is a megalithic sacred Hindu temple relics of ancient times, Alas Kedaton temple and the monkey forest has also become one the favorite places to visit for tourists in addition to the tourist attractions Tanah Lot Temple and Ulun Danu Beratan Temple as well as Batukaru Temple in Tabanan Bali.
Alas Kedaton Temple is located in the middle of the monkey forest, precisely in the village of Kukuh, Marga district, Tabanan regency. Alas Kedaton Temple (Indonesian: Pura Dalem Kahyangan Kedaton) is located approximately 35 kilometers from the city of Denpasar Bali, Indonesia.
Alas Kedaton Temple built by Mpu Kuturan or Mpu Rajakertha during the reign of King Sri Masula Masuli, according to the inscription of Sading Village, Mengwi, Badung Regency mentions that King Sri Masula Masuli start reigning in Saka 1100 (1178 AD).
The inscription put on the Saka 1172 (1250 AD) which also mentions that King Sri Masula Masuli ruling in Bali island for 77 years, which means the government ended in Saka 1177 or 1255 AD.
The position of Alas Kedaton Temple is facing towards west and has 4 gates as entrances and exits of the temple.
The temple has a unique yard, the position of inside yard (in Balinese called Jeroan or Utama Mandala) is lower than middle yard (in Balinese called Jaba or Madya Mandala), unlike other temples in Bali which normally has a inside yard which is higher than the middle yard.
Alas Kedaton Temple also has several sacred buildings (Pelinggih), a Lingga (Phallus) and several statues :
- A statue of Durga Mahisasura Mardhani who has 8 pieces of hand and stands on the statue of a bull. On each of its right hand from the top to down holding a fly repellent (Camara), Arrow (panah), Knife, and holding the tail of a bull. On each of its left hand from the top to down holding Kadga, Bow for archery, Trisula, Gadha.
- A statue of Ganesha sitting on the lotus and 2 dragons, his right hand holding a prayer beads (Tasbih) and his left hands holding the ax and trunk, he has only 1 tusk (Ekadanta).
The ceremony of Alas Kedaton Temple is in Anggara Kasih Medangsia (Balinese Calendar), 10 days after Kuningan Day. Unlike other temples, the other uniqueness that can be encountered in this temple is during the ceremony may not use incense and Kwangen during worship.
Similarly, the use of Penjor, when the ceremony performed at Dalem Kahyangan Kedaton Temple we will not found Penjor like other temple ceremonies in Bali and this is also something that is unique.
The ceremony should be finished before sunset because they are not allowed to use lights as a means of confinement using fire, when the ceremony is completed, will be followed by Ngerebeg tradition.
Ngerebeg means run with spears, Tedung (traditional Balinese Umbrella), and some leafy tree branches. Everyone cheered and shouted with joy to follow this ngerebeg tradition.
Alas Kedaton Temple located in a forest inhabited by thousands of monkeys and hundreds of big bats. Monkeys in the Kedaton forest are very friendly and very close to the visitors as they always feed them with nuts and other snacks.
The caution should still be taken care of even though the monkeys are very friendly but sometimes they can also attack when they feel disturbed. Alas Kedaton Holy Monkey forest is one of the famous monkey forests in Bali island.
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