Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal

Type of place
Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal Temple (Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal) is one of the three temples that make up the Monkey Forest temple complex. It is also referred to as the 'Main Temple'. It is located in the south-western part of the Monkey Forest and is used to honor the deity Sang Hyang Widhi in the personification of Shiva, who appears as the Transformer of things in nature. It is believed that, along with the other two temples in the forest, it was built around the year 1350. The complex plays an important role in the spiritual life of the local community.
In Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, the main death temple of the village of Padangtegal, cremation ceremonies are held. Those who cannot afford a private cremation are provided with a place for temporary burial. Every five years, a mass cremation takes place. The remains are unearthed, burned, the ashes placed in coconut shells and taken to the river, where they are released to nature. You are very fortunate if you witness such an event. It occurs in a solemn atmosphere, with all participants dressed in white. Tourists present have the chance to experience yet another aspect of Balinese tradition.