Gunung Kawi Sebatu Tegallalang temple located around 40 kilometers from the main city Denpasar. Here is one of Bali’s prettiest temples called Gunung Kawi temple (not confused with Gunung Kawi rocky temple in Tampaksiring).
This temple was built in homage to the God of preserver (Wisnu), who rules over water, and here one finds a number of natural spring and waterspouts. The Balinese believe that water is one of the forces of life. The etymology of Gunung Kawi means a fabricated mountain. It lies west of Sebatu village, which is elovated and its name means slipping on a stone.
It is said in the times of King Mayadenawa, an evil King who did not believe in the existence of the God, that this area was where he chased with his soldiers by the Gods in a famous battle. At first he battled with the Gods at the great Besakih temple and then came to sebatu via the village of Taro. Both the soldiers of Mayadenawa as well as the local villagers fled in their fear (the former of the gods, the latter of the evil King) and slipped on stones. Seeing that local people were innocent and sin free, the God Wisnu gave a source of life (holy water). As a way of showing their gratitude, they built this temple to the Wisnu’s God, which has much water, waterspout for bathing as well as a special pool of holy water.
A natural spring flows from the heart of the temple into a pool so clear that you can count the scales on the huge goldfish ghosting around the opulent island shrine at its center. Holy water is requested at an adjacent small shrine while nearby, and still within the temple walls, are the open-air public baths. The visitors are welcome to explore the other courtyards where the shrines and pavilions are lovingly maintained by the people of nearby Sebatu.
Gunung Kawi Sebatu
Pura ini berbeda dengan pura gunung kawi atau pura tirta empul yang berada di tampaksiring, sekalipun pura ini terletak tidak terlalu jauh satu dengan yang lainnya.
Pura Gunung Kawi Sebatu terletak di sebelah timur laut dari dua pura yang lainnya, yaitu terletak di desa sebatu kira kira 40 km dari kota Denpasar atau sekitar 20 menit dari ubud ke utara dengan mobil. Desa sebatu juga dikenal sebagai desa pengerajin ukiran kayu dan kerajinan tangan lainnya yang kita bisa lihat pada art shop yang berada di desa ini.