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Temple for Traders and Businessmen  

by on Friday, 12 September 20082 Comments | 1,581 views

If the government and private company officials has Kerta Kawat temple a place for requesting advancement in career, then the traders and businessmen has Melanting temple for requesting prosperity and good luck.


As a matter of fact there are hundreds of Melanting temples that create a network all over the island of Bali. Each traditional market in Bali has its own Melanting temple (temple of trader) from which the traders and businessmen ask for fortune. The core of this Melanting temple network is main Melanting temple that is located in Banyupoh village, Buleleng regency, around 5 km from Pemuteran.

This main Melanting temple is the first Melanting temple in Bali. Perched dramatically on the foot of a hill, this Melanting temple is believed to be the abode of Bhatara Ratu Mas Melanting, the goddess of prosperity on which every full moon of the fourth month of Caka calendar (around October) thousands of pilgrims from all over the island of Bali will come to this temple to pay homage and celebrate the temple anniversary; the celebration of anniversary in this Melanting temple usually last for seven days.

Unlike any other temple in Bali, which is mainly adhere to the traditional pattern in architecture, this Melanting temple is an example new genre of temple architecture especially on the ornaments of the temple structures.

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