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Maduwe Karang temple, Kubutambahan


One of famous temple in Buleleng, has been visited by tourists since before the Second World War.

This temple is dedicated to Batara Meduwe Karang (the lord possessing the ground), it's ensures divine protection for crops grown on dry land, such as coconuts, maize and ground nuts. It's built on spectacular scale, with well-maintained grounds and frangipani tree galore. 

Maduwe Karang Temple, Kubutambahan - Buleleng Regency - Bali has been visited by tourists since before the Second World War. It is divided into three courtyards, or levels of the Temple. Jaba Pura in Meduwe Karang Temple, the outer court is approached by two steps which are adorned with a series of thirty-four statues, representing the various characters from the Ramayana epic. 

The middle court, Jaba Tengah, and Jeroan, or interior court, are further on. The interior courtyard is considered the most sacred place, and situated here is statue of Kumbakarna being overwhelmed by a troop of monkey soldiers led by Sugriwa. 

The main temple is to praying to the lord possessing the ground (Meduwe Karang)

A particular interest is a relief on the right-hand side of Main levels, showing a man on a bicycle with the wheels of which are decorated with flowers. The local people believe that this carving is at least 400 years old. It is thought that the figure on the bicycle represents the Dutch ethnologist W. O. J. Nieuwenkamp, who rode on a bicycle (a means of transport previously unknown to the local people) when working in northern Bali around 1904. The relief is not now in its original condition: it was badly damaged in the 1917 earthquake and was altered during the process of restoration.

Pura Meduwe Karang at Kubutambahan, located 11 km east of Singaraja and 300 metre west of the junction to the Kintamani road. From Denpasar is about 2.5 hours on drive. For entrance fee or donation to Meduwe Karang Temple is about IDR 20,000 per pax.  

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