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Melanting Temple

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The tale of Melanting Temple is quite interesting. Believe it or not this mystic tale is still being told till now. Melanting temple is one of the temples built commemorating the visit of the Javanese Hindu Priest, Danghyang Nirartha. The temple is believed to be the place where his eldest daughter, Ida Swabawa, turned into the spirit.
The temple nestles in the middle of a jungle on a foot hill in Pemuteran, North Bali. A huge parking lot is available for visitors and some warung stand in the area providing drinks and snacks. The jungle has turned from wild into a bit civilized with the street lights stretching on the road sides and the parking lot. To reach the area from the Pemuteran main road there is a narrow road passing through a small jungle and the local houses.
From the parking lot you can see the stairs that we need to climb to get into the temple compound. Two huge statues of dragons decorate the main gate and from below the stairway the temple looks majestic. On the way to the main gate there is a small place where the people who are going to pray put their offerings and get the holy water to clean their mind before they go further to the main court.
Like most of the temples in Bali, after the main gate we enter the middle court where people do their preparation for the offering. After that there is the main court where a huge and beautiful temple stands. The temple building was rebuilt by the government and it was redesigned by a prominent Balinese architect, Ida Bagus Tugur. The tranquility of the place creates a perfect atmosphere and ambience for people to do their prayers and also to meditate. Some people come in the night time especially to do meditation. The panorama one can see from the temple is gorgeous, the green layered hills backed the temple while from the main court one can see the blue Java Sea. The chill breeze and the natural sound of living things in the jungle are very calming.
The priests, who take care of the temple are very welcoming to visitors. They have an information office where you can rent sarongs and get some information about the temple. The Hindus, who come to pray in this temple, are not only from the local area but from all over Bali and also from outside the island. The praying activity in this temple takes place day and night. In the night the ambience in the temple becomes more mystic and mysterious.
How to Get To Melanting Temple
1. 2 hours from Singaraja
2. 3 hours from Denpasar
3. 2 ½ hours from Tabanan
What you can see around Melanting Temple
1. Jaya Prana is one of the famous legends in Bali with tragic love history. The Jaya Prana Grave is set on the hill in Bali West National Park or Taman National Bali Barat with beautiful Balinese ornament and many visited by the local Balinese Hindu. The sort story of this tragic love history was Jaya Prana, a young handsome guy own beautiful girls friend called Layon Sari.
2. West Bali National Park, The park is the last refuge of one of the most endangered birds of the world: the Bali Starling. Bali Barat is mountainous and consists of primary monsoon forest, mangrove forest, savannah and coral islands.
3. Pulaki Temple or Pura Pulaki is a Hindu shrine located in the hill bank and in front of the beautiful beach in north part of Bali. It is one of the biggest Hindu temples in Bali, This temple is set on the flat land with stone hill bank as a back drop meanwhile the blue ocean is just in front of the temple.
4. Menjangan Island popular diving site in Bali due to its fine and preserved corals and rich aquatic animal, turquoise clear water, and very calm sea. Every divers coming to Bali emphasize on diving program in Bali will put Menjangan and Tulamben sites as the priority sites. Menjangan Island is unpopulated, but there is an old temple, supposed to originate from 14th century named “Pura Giri Kencana.”
5. Pemuteran is a small fishing village on the northern coast of West Bali. This is a small laid-back village which has become increasingly popular with visitors in recent years. There are a number of waterfront resorts and its proximity to Lovina and West Bali National Park together with the extreme natural beauty of the area, has fuelled quite rapid growth in tourism infrastructure in the area.

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