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PURA BATU BOLONG

"At 4.30 pm we agree after a 'most votes' moment that we still make a ride to Pura Batu Bolong. This is about 10 kilometers from our hotel and by taxi we are within fifteen minutes. Pura Batu Bolong (meaning: Temple of the hollow rock) is a small Hindu-Balinese sanctuary, situated on a rock in the sea. There is a hole in the rock through which you can see the sea and this temple owes its name. According to the book, the temple is not special but there is a mystical atmosphere and it is a place where at the end of the day you can see many people who come to bring their offerings and burn incense sticks. From the rock you can also see a beautiful sunset. The decision to make this trip turns out to be a good decision because we indeed see the beautifully dressed people who come to bring their offerings and the sunset (with Bali in the background) is a fairy tale!"


Pura Batu Bolong

          The Pura Batu Bolong is a Hindu temple, built on a rock and overlooking the beach of Senggigi. A narrow road leads to the entrance of the temple, which is aimed at the Gunung Agung and the Lombok Strait. When the weather is sunny, you can see Mount Agung on the island of Bali. When you come in the afternoon, the sinking sun changes the sky from noon to a sunset. Then there is the night that you can not miss with all its stars.
The Pura Batu Bolong is a 'temple built on top of a rock with a big hole'. "Pura" means temple and the word "Bolong" means hole. From the temple we see the sights of the beach of Senggigi.

There is a legend that in ancient times tells about the Pura Batu Bolong, a temple that was used for sacrifices. It is said that every year another virgin lady was sacrificed to please the gods. When the high tide comes, an enormous shark will appear and devour the sacrificed virgin lady. The legend still lives on with the believers, who still visit the temple daily.


Nowadays, the Pura Batu Bolong, in addition to a temple with regular believers, has become a tourist attraction because of its legend, history, beautiful surroundings and views of the sunset. Tourists can see how the Hindu community performs rituals, while the faithful offer fruits and flowers at the altars and pagodas.

 

Bolong temple consists of two buildings. When you walk down, you reach the first one, which stands in the shade of a leafy tree and at the entrance descend the stairs called Pura Ratu Gede Mas Mecaling. The second temple stands on top of an overhanging rock of 4 meters high and has a hole underneath. In this temple are also images of Lakshmana, Vali, Rama, Sugriva and a dragon statue. To reach this main temple, you must walk carefully so as not to be exposed to splashes of the waves that hit the reef. Do not forget to donate money voluntarily to pay for the cleanliness and care of this temple.
You can reach the temple with a motorcycle or car / taxi. At the temple there are parking spaces, toilets, souvenir shops and restaurants. Many professional photographers come here to make wedding photographs with the bride and groom.


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From a travel blog:

"A nice destination is temple Batu Bolong, about a mile south of Senggigi. Some 250 thousand Balinese Hindus live in the predominantly Muslim Lombok. Batu Bolong is an important sanctuary for them. The temple stands on an excellent rocky outcrop with a natural hole through which seawater flows. The temple owes its name to this (batu bulong = 'rock with hole'). She looks out on the holy mountain Agung, where the even more sacred temple Pura Besakih is located. With a bit of luck you will find a procession at Batu Bolong, with music, dance and artfully stacked offerings."

 

 

 


 

 

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