Jagatnatha Temple is a beautiful Hindu temple situated in the center of Denpasar city that is the biggest Hindu temple in the capital city of Bali Province. The temple built in east of Puputan Badung square garden is a public shrine to worship for Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa (call for Hindu god). It is strategically located on Major Wisnu Street that is very easy reached from any directions as well as famous temple and appointed as a tourist destination in Denpasar City. This temple many visited by the Hindu people especially during the Hindu Holiday season including full moon. This temple is categorized as Kahyangan Temple and become an altar to the god for Hindu people. When comparing with the name of Kahyangan Temples or other temples around Bali Island then this temple’s name is taken from the name of mount or village which is relevant to the temple located in Besakih Temple area, Ulun Danu Batur Temple area, Lempuyang Temple area, Andakasa Temple area, Puncak Mangu Temple area and others.
The story of Jagatnatha temple, Jagatnatha Temple is taking the special name which is not quit of various conception aspects. Among of the temples in Bali, Jagatnatha Temple is also opened by executing the small ceremony on 13 May 1968. The unique of Jagatnatha Temple does not own the Pengempon (the group of community who manage like the temple). Since the temple opening, Jagatnatha Temple only owns a few of people who arrange the fund to construct it until everyday ceremony. It is handled by Jagatnatha development committee with other Hindu people. In furthermore growth after Jagatnatha Temple has been built, the ceremony execution is handled by committee of Hindu Holy Day (PAHARA HINDU) who is the institutionally personnel which is pursuant to Local Bali Government’s Decree. Those personnel of PAHARA HINDU are generally taken away from local government of Badung Regency and Denpasar town. Nowadays, the full of execution is handled by the government of Denpasar town. This temple is many visited by tourist from all over the word since this temple is opened for tourist destination.
In the west part of the main temple complex area from north to the south, it had been built some of the buildings as follows:
- Bale Kulkul is a beautiful tower building to hang the wooden bell
- Apit Surang Kiwe is left entrance gate
- Gelung Kuri is a center entrance gate
- Apit Surang Tengen is right entrance gate
- Dakam Karang Althar (Tugu)
- Bale Bengong is a canopy of rest
- Bale Pawedan is a canopy for Hindu Priest reciting the mantra