Puseh Temple is part of Tri Kahyangan in Pakraman village in Bali (Pakraman Village is a village activity concept that has three Kahyangan temples such as Pura Desa, Pura Puseh, and Pura Dalem).
The concept of Tri Kahyangan was coined by Mpu Kuturan in 1001 when he first came to Bali. The aim was to unite sects and community groups in Bali to worship God in its manifestations as Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva (Tri Murti Tatwa).
The holy temple which was built during the reign of King Paduka Aji Sri Dharmawangsa Wardhana originates from the Warmadewa. This dynasty has a carving ornament that is complicated, beautiful, and very fine. Even this Paseh Temple building has undergone a lot of renovations to arrive at its present form.
DESIGN OF BATUAN TEMPLE
Candi Bentar as the entrance gate of Paseh Temple looks dashing standing made of red bricks. Decorated with floral ornaments and curls of temple characteristics, making it more beautiful and unique. Candi Bentar as the gate is a barrier between Nista Mandala. (Jaba Pisan – the outer part of the temple) Madya Mandala is (Jaba Tengah – the central part of the temple).
Typically a temple building in general, there is also a statue of Dwarapala as a gate guard. But this Dwarapala statue in Paseh Temple is not like in general a giant statue of a temple gate guard. Usually, Dwarapala is in a sitting position with one leg bent with a mace weapon, but here Dwarapala does not carry a weapon and is standing up.
HOW TO GET TO THE TEMPLE
After entering Candi Bentar, you will find the Kori Agung building which has a door to get in and out. According to Hindu religious beliefs, this door is a place for the entry of the gods. The people who came in and out after completing the prayer can pass the door on the left or right side of the Kori Agung building.
Bale Kulkul and Bale Agung are located in the temple’s central courtyard. There is a set of gamelan used to accompany when there is a religious ceremony or Piodalan held at Puseh Batuan Pura Gianyar.
In the main part of the temple (Main Mandala), there are Padmasana buildings, Meru buildings, and some pelinggih. Ancient and historic relics were placed in a wantilan building at the rear of the temple.
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE
Batuan temple which can be reached within a 30-minute drive from Denpasar does not attract an entrance ticket. Visitors who come also have to wear a piece of cloth as they enter the holy place. You can get this fabric at the fabric rental site around the vehicle parking location.