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Pura Dalem Jawa (Langgar Temple)  

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Out of more than 20,000 thousand temples in Bali, Pura Dalem Jawa in Bunutin village, in Bangli regency has its unique characteristic that cannot be found in any other temples in Bali. Not just Hindu devotees pay homage in this temple but also Muslim which happen to live or on vacation in Bali.


This temple is situated on the outskirt of Bangli’s capital town. A yellow sign on the side of the road will give you the direction to the temple. Pura Dalem Jawa is surrounded by a pond filled with water lilies and colorful fish. Seeing from outside the temple, this temple is just like any other temple in Bali but if we step our feet on the inner courtyard of the temple, we can find a unique structure which differentiate this temple from the rest of the temples in Bali. This structure is a shrine in form of a langgar (a small version of mosque). This structure is not function as a mosque but as matter of fact a Hindu shrine in form of Muslim praying place.

Pura Dalem Jawa (Langgar Temple)

Why this langgar was built inside this temple? The answer can be traced back to the establishment of this temple around three hundred years ago by the descendent of Blambangan King of East Java, the King of Bunutin, I Dewa Mas Wilis. It was told the deities which reside in this temple demanded a shrine in the form of a Langgar, and the people of Bunutin fulfilled this demand by building this shrine in the inner courtyard of Pura Dalem Jawa.

Pura Dalem Jawa (Langgar Temple)

Unlike ordinary langgar that can be found in Java or other place in Indonesia, the langgar shrine in Pura Dalem Jawa has four small shrines inside of it. Each of these shrines respectively is dedicated to the goddess Saraswati (goddess of knowledge), the great sage Danghyang Nirartha, the deities of Dalem Blambangan, and the god of Mount Agung.

Pura Dalem Jawa (Langgar Temple)

This langgar shrine is a pilgrim place for the descendant of Blambangan king and his vassals. Many Muslims that claim to be descendants of Blmbangan pay homage to this temple. The Muslim pilgrims often pray in the middle courtyard of the temple, and the Hindu congregation of this temple welcome the Muslim pilgrims who want to visit or pray in this temple. Pura Dalem Jawa or well-known as Pura Langgar is a symbol of tolerance and unity of Hindu and Muslim in Bali.

Pura Dalem Jawa (Langgar Temple)

Pura Dalem Jawa (Langgar Temple)

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