Explore The North Bali!!! Ponjok Batu temple is a unique and sacred Hindu where all temple buildings are made from stone situated Banjar Alasari, Pacung countryside, Tejakula sub district, Buleleng regency around 24 km to the east of Singaraja town. From Ngurah Rai International Airport spend time around 3 hours 20 minutes, from Denpasar city around 3 hours and from Tabanan around 2 hours 30 minutes. This temple area own the wide area about 35 acre in form of black stones bank. The position of this temple is rather sticking out to the sea as a small peninsula or in Balinese word called by Ponjok. Base on the position and condition then this place is named by Ponjok Batu so that the temple is standing above foreland petrify and it is referred as Ponjok Batu Temple.
This sacred temple is entirely made from stone and situated on a promontory, jutting out to the sea. This temple is founded in 16th century by King Waturenggong to commemorate Dang Hyang Nirartha’s deeds in this place. The legend has it, Dang Hyang Nirartha stopped to admire the spectacular surrounding view of the future site of the temple when he saw fishermen in a boat from Lombok in trouble. He helped the unconscious crew and took them back to Lombok, although the boat had no sail and the mast was broken.
Function of Ponjok Batu Temple as follows :
- According to the archaeology omission at Ponjok Batu Temple , there is an Arca (statue) with four hands as a fundamental of Ponjok Batu Temple building. The attribute (icon) of this Arca have timeworn, so that any kind of object brought is ignorable and the God Arca it self can not be identified. Besides of the God Statue (Arca), in Ponjok Batu Temple is also found a Lembu Nandi Arca (a cow statue) is meaning from Siwa God. If the both Arcas are interacting hence the God Arca with 4 hands in this temple is Arca of Siwa God.
- According to Papyrus of Dwijendra Tattwa, the history elaboration can be said that the function of Ponjok Batu Temple is for worship the supremacy of Danghyang Nirartha as a Teacher in settling Hinduism teaching, especially Siwaism. The function strengthened with the existence of special temple building in Ponjok Batu Temple is called Danghyang Nirartha Temple.