Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate

In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate.

I’ve taken a lot of photos about this theme, thanks to trips to Bali that I’ve done several times this year. And because most of those trips were intended to the temples, and the beauty of Bali’s stone and wood carvings is stored on this island’s temples, I could capture some of it, and stored them in this memory card.

How I loved to share one of it to all of you, good people!


I took this one in Silayukti, the first temple–obviously, since this temple is located in the Harbor of Padangbai (Padang Bay, if you want to know the name’s root) and we usually start the trip from Lombok, so we must’ve landed in this harbor.

Silayukti… is a temple of (holy) boy band #eh! The first and most religious boy band that I’ve ever met. A milestone of history which connects East Java, Bali, and Lombok. Someday I’ll tell you thoroughly about this (another promise, I know) but for now, let’s just adore the carvings on this paduraksa. People also called it kori agung (the great gate) or pamedalan ageng (the great exit door), because only the pratima (God’s symbol) who could pass through this gate.

For other people (including me), we enter and exit the temple from the angkul-angkul, small gate in the left and right. Usually we enter the temple from the right gate, and exit from the temple from the left gate. That makes our move in the temple could form the purwadaksina. But I couldn’t make this sure for now, this is just my hypothesis.

Oh ya! This temple is very close to Blue Lagoon beach. And I bet a lot of travel bloggers have written about this Blue Lagoon in their travel blog. I think most of the people who have gone to Bali must’ve known about this Blue Lagoon… but what about Silayukti?

Well, actually, visiting temple is a must-do if you go to Bali, because the most genuine form of Balinese culture is on its temples. Just remember to wear proper dress and respect people who are praying in the temple. For ladies, remember, do NOT enter the temple if you are on your period and if you visit any temple, remember to tie your hair.

Have fun in exploring those beautiful temples!

82 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate

    1. Because temples are holy places and only “clean” people are allowed to enter it. Women on period days are considered as dirty, so they cannot enter those holy places.

        1. Dari pelabuhan Padangbai deket banget kok, nanti keluar pelabuhan ada jalan ke kanan, susuri saja, lewat kuburan dan nanti jalanannya agak menanjak, sampai deh di Silayukti, kalau Blue Lagoon nanti setelah kuburan sebelum tanjakan ada jalan ke kanan. Plangnya lengkap Mbak.

          Boleh, boleh :)).

  1. I’ve been to Bali twice but never been to Blue Lagoon… When I entered to Pura Besakih or other temple I never tied my hair and no one reminds me of that. Does “tied the hair” new customs back there?

      1. No I wear hijab just recently (2010) and last time I visit Bali in 2001 also my hair quite long by that time.

        Wow ok, that’s clearly straight custom if it said since Mahabharata history.

        In my opinion everybody should take some respect whenever they came into holy place, at this point “tie the hair” was one of provision entered the pura. Am I right? or perhaps you have to make the story about this gar, in order people like me understand the reason why. πŸ˜€

        1. Actually I’ve finished writing it but because tomorrow I’ll be going out of town and I haven’t prepared the pictures, so sorry, I can’t publish it yet. Maybe next week :hehe.

  2. It’s always interesting to read your post Gara, especially about temples and their philosophies. I’ve just known about great gate, which gate we enter and exit the temple, plus your hypothesis about purwadaksina. Interesting …

    By the way I haven’t visited Blue Lagoon yet, so if I have a chance someday I must spend some times in this temple as well.

    1. There still a lot of philosophies which I don’t know yet, Mas :hehe. But thank you. Yes, I think you must visit the Blue Lagoon someday. A clue: it has cliff jumping activity!

  3. You are very appropriate to become a historian. I am very impressed with your presentation in any historic heritage trail. It was very clear and detailed. Thank you for telling me many things. Sorry for being late to leave a comment.

  4. Wow. Lihat itu ukiran2nya. Nggak bisa dibayangkan bagaimana cara kaum terdahulu mengukir itu di batu. Kalau kayu masih masuk akal. Tapi batu…? Stunning. πŸ˜€

      1. Penasaran aja gitu, sepeerti apa alat yang mereka gunakan. Apakah memakai alat pahat konvensional seperti palu dan apa itu namanya, yang bentuknya seperti obeng tapi besar dan tebal? πŸ˜† *lupa namanya*
        Ataukah zaman dulu teknologi sudah lebih maju dari sekarang? XD
        Ataukah mereka memakai ilmu tenaga dalam hingga bisa mengukir dan mematahkan batu hanya dengan tangan kosong? πŸ˜€

        Seandainya memakai peralatan konvensional, berapa lama waktu yang dibutuhkan untuk membuatnya? o_O

        1. Kalau menurut saya, berhubung dulu manusia sudah hidup di zaman besi terlebih dahulu, maka alat-alat besi tentu sudah digunakan. Semacam kikir dan pahat untuk menggores batu tentu sudah ada. Soal lama pengerjaan, memang bisa sampai berpuluh-puluh tahun tapi dengan jumlah pekerja yang sampai ribuan, tentunya sangat mungkin untuk selesai. Untuk tenaga dalam, memang banyak cerita yang mengatakan hal itu tapi semua masih perlu dibuktikan. Saya cenderung mengesampingkan teori ini :hehe.

    1. How lucky are you! I am still wishing to go and stay in Ubud, even if it’s just for several days only. Yes, how they work is reflected in their works, I suppose, and it’s amazing!

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