Aside from the spectacular underwater splendors off its coastline and around the nearby Menjangan Island, the serene little village of Pemuteran is also surrounded by Balinese distinct cultural charm which radiates from the beautiful temples that lie in some of the most dramatic natural settings. Among the most notable are the Pura Agung Pulaki, Pura Pabean, and Pura Melanting.
Pura Melanting also features the beautifully presented inner compound of the main temple. The inner compound houses a small but serene pond and stunning meru painted in a rainbow of colours and decorated with countless yellow and white ceremonial umbrellas. The tranquility of the place creates a perfect atmosphere and ambience for people to do their prayers and also to meditate.
The tale of Melanting Temple is quite interesting. Believe it or not this mystic tale is still being told till now. Melanting temple is one of the temples built commemorating the visit of the Javanese Hindu Priest, Danghyang Nirartha. The temple is believed to be the place where his eldest daughter, Ida Swabawa, turned into the spirit.
The temple nestles in the middle of a jungle on a foot hill in Pemuteran, North Bali. A huge parking lot is available for visitors and some warung stand in the area providing drinks and snacks. The jungle has turned from wild into a bit civilized with the street lights stretching on the road sides and the parking lot. To reach the area from the Pemuteran main road there is a narrow road passing through a small jungle and the local houses.
From the parking lot you can see the stairs that we need to climb to get into the temple compound. Two huge statues of dragons decorate the main gate and from below the stairway the temple looks majestic. On the way to the main gate there is a small place where the people who are going to pray put their offerings and get the holy water to clean their mind before they go further to the main court.
Like most of the temples in Bali, after the main gate we enter the middle court where people do their preparation for the offering. After that there is the main court where a huge and beautiful temple stands. The temple building was rebuilt by the government and it was redesigned by a prominent Balinese architect, Ida Bagus Tugur. The tranquility of the place creates a perfect atmosphere and ambience for people to do their prayers and also to meditate. Some people come in the night time especially to do meditation. The panorama one can see from the temple is gorgeous, the green layered hills backed the temple while from the main court one can see the blue Java Sea. The chill breeze and the natural sound of living things in the jungle are very calming.
The priests, who take care of the temple are very welcoming to visitors. They have an information office where you can rent sarongs and get some information about the temple. The Hindus, who come to pray in this temple, are not only from the local area but from all over Bali and also from outside the island. The praying activity in this temple takes place day and night. In the night the ambience in the temple becomes more mystic and mysterious.