In Banjar Batu Belig, Kerobokan, North Kuta, there is a golden sandy beach on whose shore line stands a temple called Pura Petitenget. The history of the place is not as glamorous as we might imagine from today’s jet set scene. Peti means coven and Tenget means haunted. Petitenget Temple was built in the XV century, and history tells that the place was a wild area full of bushes and huge trees just like an untamed field.
The history of Petitenget Temple starts when a priest called Dang Hyang Dwijendra left Serangan island and arrived in a village now known as Kerobokan. In the village he saw a giant size shadow hiding behind the bushes. He called the shadow to make an appearance: the shadow was Bhuta Ijo, the son of the God of Labuhan Masceti. Bhuta Ijo is a spirit which is believed to have a very scary look. Before the priest left the village he gave Bhuta Ijo a box looking like a coven and told him to guard it.
After a while during his meditation in Uluwatu, the priest had a visitor from Kerobokan village who came to him for help. The men from the village told the priest about an area of a land nearby his village which was very mysterious because every time someone tried to enter the land, the person got sick. As a solution, the priest told the man to built a shrine. So the shrine was built in the area and magically it successfully made the area become more people friendly.
There is no creepy atmosphere anymore especially today when the temple is surrounded by villas, hotels and restaurants. Petitenget during day time is sleepier than during night time when the lights come on in every corner of the area. In front of Petitenget Temple is a spacious parking lot guarded by the local security community. The car park is mostly used by visitors who come to the white sandy beach in front of the temple for jogging, sunbathing or just sightseeing.
Anyway Petitenget beach is a perfect spot to enjoy the famous Bali sunset, which doesn’t require you to look at the beach!