Batukaru Temple, Place of Interest in Tabanan – Bali
Batukaru temple is a famous tourist’s stop for sightseeing to the west Bali country side. The location is on the foot of second highest mountain in Bali that is Batukaru mountain, from which the temple got the name.
When people go for a praying, first they stop at a temple called Pura Jero Taksu which is still away before Batukaru for the first prayer, but for those who has been many times no need to stop here. The thought is that for the first time people worship at Batukaru, it must be a report or might be translated roughly as the registration of the people who will have the praying at the main temple of Batukaru.
There is no historical fact to disclose the history of the temple except manuscripts called Kusuma Dewa, and the manuscript about Buleleng kingdom of 17th century. Kusuma Dewa mentions that Mpu Kuturan, a priest from Java who was in Bali around 11th century ordered the construction of Sad Kahyangan ( 6 main temples on each of the directions ).
Batukaru temple is mentioned that it is one of the Sad Kahyangan and is dedicated to god at west direction. While manuscript of Buleleng kingdom mentions that when the kingdom of Buleleng ( now Singaraja ) had been very prosperous and peaceful, the king Panji Sakti wanted to extend his emporium and looked for possible target to attack.
At last the king with their big number of soldiers arrived at Batukaru temple, and without reason, by the manuscript mentioned that I Gusti Panji Sakti attacked and damaging the temple. Soon thousand of bees coming and hit him and the soldiers causing all of them took a thousand flee. This story seems that it was created by those who did not have sympathy with Buleleng, and tried to misconstrue the hitory.
There are another story about king in Bali had also mentioned by the Usana Bali having the same attitude toward the religion with impact to the society, and at last defeated by more religiously piouse regime. The manuscript of Buleleng mentions the date of 1605 AD which is totally not match the fact of Singaraja history. I Gusti Panji as the king of Buleleng is just recently after the year of 1800.