There is something unique in the Natar Sari Temple, Apuan. On the grandiose temple anniversary (piodalan ageng) falling every Saniscara (Saturday) Pon Wuku Krulut as on Tumpek Krulut (Aug 20) where it was organized a barong gathering. It had become a tradition where each year tens of barong effigies were presented to the temple. Barong in different forms sanctified by the Hindus lined up neatly in two large buildings at the edge of the right and left side in the middle courtyard of the temple.
The temple supported by five customary hamlets—namely Apuan, Jelantik, Tua, Bunutin and Pinge—is known as a sanctum to invoke pasupati (enlivening soul) for barong effigies. On that account, in the implementation of the temple festival, dozens of barong effigies that have passed through pasupati ritual attended the temple anniversary. They came from various regions in Bali such as Tabanan, Gianyar, Badung, Bangli and Jembrana. Eventually, it was becoming an attractive spectacle and solemn moment when the Barong effigies sanctified by the Hindus followed a midnight procession in what the so-called napak pertiwi or touching the ground.
All sanctified effigies in the Natar Sari Temple consisting of Lord Nawa Sanga and all Ratu Gede effigies were taken down from Assembly Pavilion, Nine-Poled Pavilion and Pemayasan Pavilion. This ritual lasted approximately for two hours and later on the Ratu Gede effigy was taken back to Assembly Pavilion. Some of them were then performed. In the Natar Sari Temple, about 40 km north of Denpasar, lie some effigies as representation of deities abiding in the local temple in the form of human puppet such as the figure of Ravana, Hanuman, Sugriva, Anila and two clown-servants namely Delem and Sangut.
Totally, those effigies amounted to nine. In the chronicle of Natar Sari Temple written by K. Sudarsana and I Wayan Widarsana is mentioned the effigies are called Nawa Sanga or Mount Nine. They are embodiment or manifestation of God in the form of Nine Deities symbolized with the puppet characters. There are also some shrines in the temple. it consist of Papelik, Gedong Simpen, Pawedan Pavilion, Pemayasan Pavilion, three-tiered Meru shrine, Panglurah and a number of Assembly Pavilions. Additionally, the Natar Sari Temple has a relationship to Pucak Padang Dawa Temple (equally in Baturiti subdistrict).
Pucak Padang Dawa Temple is the yoga site of deity abiding in the Natar Sari Temple or Natar Sari is the sanctum sanctorum of Padang Dawa Temple. This matter is supported by evidences such as when the deity of Natar Sari Temple would like to have a promenade to outermost courtyard of the temple first of all he surely spends the night, touches the ground and has meditation at the abode of deity in the Pucak Padang Dawa Temple. Another proof is the temple priest of Pucak Padang Dawa and Dalem Purwa of Pucak Padang Dawa is always from Apuan. The anrong gathering is a unique procession of the Natar Sari Temple and it could be developed into one of the interesting tourism attraction in Bali and especially in Tabanan Regency.
source : balitravelnews