Petitenget Temple or Pura Petitenget in the local language is a relatively small but a centuries-old temple located close to Petitenget Beach is considered as cultural landmarks at the island’s upscale beach resort area of Seminyak.
As per ancient beliefs in Indonesia, people who frequently travel to forests or deep dense area of the island get possessed by dark spirits. May be this is one reason of existence of enormous temples on the land on Bali.
As per Indonesian belief, evil spirits can be averted by establishing temples in the most affected places to safeguard people living around that region. Petitenget Temple was the result of that faith in the supreme power and forms one of the island’s Dang Kahyangan collection of sea temples that devoutly protect the island’s outlines, established by the legendary Hindu priest Dang Hyang Nirartha on his historical mission in the 16th century.
At present, the area is not considered dark anymore and this temple is visited by a lot of tourists and locals for the ceremonies. The temple is a peaceful location thriving with lush gardens and an active place of worship. A number of religious activities are held by the temple authorities on the adjacent beach so that beach-goers can learn about Balinese culture while relaxing on the beach. You should be able to catch a glimpse of the locals giving offerings and burning incense to the gods.
The architecture of the temple comprises of red bricks and sandstones which give it an antique feel yet amalgamate with the natural surroundings. The staircase design is inspired by a dragon and it leads up to multiple Balinese shrines. The entrance of the temple is quite bosky and well-shaded by large ancient trees. The name of the street that runs parallel to the beach is actually taken from the temple. Also, the Petitenget Beach is only a few steps away from the temple where visitors and locals enjoy the best spots to share in the gorgeous sunset moments. Somehow overshadowed by the modern developments of lavish five-star resorts in the area, this temple still remains an important highlight and a must-see while in Seminyak and can be accessed from the north via Sunset Road and Jalan Raya Kerobokan, and from the south via Kuta and the main Jalan Raya Seminyak.
If you arrive on weekend mornings, you may witness dance rehearsals featuring young Balinese girls practicing their moves and articulate gestures.
Petitenget Temple Location: Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak