Natar Sari Temple, Balancer of the World

Once a year, customary villagers of Apuan, Baturiti subdistrict, Tabanan, organize a grandiose temple anniversary in the Natar Sari Temple. It coincides with Tumpek Krulut. At this time, the temple anniversary or pujawali falls on Saturday (Aug 20). It has become a tradition that every pujawali will be attended by dozens of sanctified effigies in the form of Barong. The barong effigies sanctified by Hindu devotees in the five regencies such as Tabanan, Gianyar, Badung, Bangli and Jembrana are escorted to attend the ritual procession in this temple known as penyejeg bhuana or katuran. The ceremony takes place at midnight and then is followed by ngendag kalang. In the procession, the whole sanctified effigies of Ratu Gede touch the ground.

Then, deities abiding in the Natar Sari temple consisting of the Lord Sakti Nawa Sanga and all Ratu Gede effigies are taken down from the Assembly Pavilion, Nine-poled Pavilion and Pemayasan Pavilion to touch the ground. Priest of the Natar Sari Temple, Jro Mangku Ketut Mastrum, said that about 108 units of holy water and 45 units of witness holy water of the sanctified effigies were in use in the implementation of Penyejeg Bhuana or balancer of the world ritual. In the ritual, all devotees invoked the safety of macrocosm and microcosm. On the Tumpek Krulut festivity, the Lord Shiva Pasupati (God Almighty) bestowed his graces.

In the Natar Sari Temple, there are symbols of deities in the form of puppet figures. They amount to nine in what the so-called Lord Sakti Nawa Sanga. In the chronicle of Natar Sari Temple written by K. Sudarsana and I Wayan Widarsana is mentioned that the nine effigies are called Nawa Sanga or Nine Mountains denoting the embodiment or manifestation of God in the form of Dewata Nawa Sanga (nine deities) and symbolized with puppet figures such as Anoman in white color symbolizing of the Lord Ishvara armed with Bajra.

Then, Anggada in violet color is the manifestation of Lord Maheshvara. Meanwhile, Singanana in red color is the symbol of Lord Brahma; Sugriva in red color symbolizes Lord Rudra; Sangut or Ratu Ngurah Ketut is yellow symbolizing the Lord Mahadev, Anila in green color is the symbol of Lord Shankar; Delem or Ratu Ngurah Made in blackish color is the embodiment of Lord Vishnu; Sempati in gray color symbolizes the Lord Sambu; and Ravana or Ratu Ngurah Sakti Ngawa Rat in multicolor is the embodiment of Lord Shiva. Those puppetry symbols represent the manifestation of Lord Shiva Pasupati (God Almighty).

The temple area sitting at the same location as Puseh Temple and Jelantik Temple of Apuan has a number of shrines. Then, the shrine used to venerate the greatness of God is Padmasana shrine. The large and tall Padmasana shrine is facing south, adjacent to the Gedong Simpen used to store ritual paraphernalia. On the Padmasana shrine is put a black stone containing a palm (kara tala). In the innermost courtyard of the temple also lies the Padma Tiga shrine, representative shrines of Dalem Peed Temple, Batu Bolong Temple, Pucak Padang Dawa Temple, Ulun Danu Temple, Jati Temple and so on. Meanwhile, some other shrines 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.

source : bali travel news

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