Alas Kedaton

Alas Kedaton is situated at Kukuh Village, Marga Subdistrict, or some 4 km from the town of Tabanan. This temple has two kinds of uniqueness. Firstly, it has four entrances into the temple, namely the entrance from the west functioning as the main entrance, then from the north, east and the south. All the entrances lead to the middle courtyard. Secondly, the courtyard becoming the sanctum sanctorum is even lower than the middle and outermost courtyard. The sanctum is surrounded by a forest becoming the native home to a group of monkeys considered sacred. Besides, there also live a group of flying foxes suspending on the branches of large trees. When they are flying together, it generates a very interesting attraction for domestic and foreign tourists.

Alas Kedaton temple is a megalithic sacred Bali Hindu temple relics of ancient times, Alas Kedaton temple located in the middle of the Alas Kedaton monkey forest, precisely in the village of Kukuh , Marga district, Tabanan regency. Alas Kedaton temple or Pura Dalem Kahyangan Kedaton is located approximately 35 kilometers from the city of Denpasar Bali.

Alas Kedaton temple was built by Mpu Kuturan or Mpu Rajakertha during the reign of King Cri Masula Masuli, according to the inscription of Sading village, Mengwi, Badung Regency mentions that King Cri Masula Masuli start reigning in Saka 1100 (1178 AD). The inscription put on the Saka 1172 (1250 AD) which also mentions that King Cri Masula Masuli ruling in Bali island for 77 years, which means the government ended in Saka 1177 or 1255 AD. The position of Alas Kedaton temple is facing towards west and has 4 gates as entrances and exits of the temple, this temple has a unique yard, the position of inside yard (in Balinese called Jeroan or Utama Mandala) is lower than middle yard (in Balinese called Jaba or Madya Mandala), unlike other temples in Bali which normally has a inside yard which is higher than the middle yard.

Alas Kedaton
Alas Kedaton Temple
Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest
Alas Kedaton Bat

Alas Kedaton temple also has several sacred buildings (Pelinggih), a Lingga (Phallus) and several statues :

  • A statue of Durgha Mahisacura Mardhani who has 8 pieces of hand and stands on the statue of a bull, On each of its right hand from the top to down holding a fly repellent (Camara), Arrow (panah), Knife, and holding the tail of a bull. On each of its left hand from the top to down holding Kadga, Bow for archery, Trisula and Gadha.
  • A statue of Ganesha sitting on the lotus and 2 dragons, his right hand holding a prayer beads (Tasbih) and his left hands holding the ax and trunk, he has only 1 tusk (Ekadanta).

Alas Kedaton temple located in a forest inhabited by thousands of monkeys and hundreds of big bats. Monkeys in the Kedaton forest are very friendly and very close to the visitors as they always feed them with nuts and other snacks, but caution should still be taken care of even though they are very friendly but sometimes they can also attack when they feel disturbed. Alas Kedaton Holy Monkey forest is one of the famous monkey forest in Bali island.

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