Bali is truly a second home for tourism. What is now in the public spotlight is temple-shaped religious tourism. As almost all tourists understand that Bali is an island with thousand Pura or temple. The place that we will visit now is Dalem Balingkang temple which has the charm of green nature with freshness and coolness of the air and surrounding atmosphere.
Temple location that symbolizes a blend of two cultures Balinese - Chinese
This temple stands proudly on a 15-hectare land in the village of Pinggan, Kintamani, Bangli. Direction from Denpasar to Singaraja route through Kintamani, and at Puncak Panulisan temple towards the northeast about 15-20 km. Pura Dalem Balingkang is located in the west approximately 2.5 kilometers from the settlement or housing of the community of Pakraman Pinggan village.
This great Pura as if surrounded by a wall consisting of ridges in the form of hills that encircle the crater of Mount Batur located in the east, west, north, and south. In addition, it is also surrounded by the Melilit River which is a source of water for the surrounding community for life.
To get to Pura, we must come down from Pura Puncak Penulisan to Banjar Paketan in Pakraman Sukawana village. From Banjar Paketan turn down the winding road with a beautiful panoramic view of the mountain range Batur, Mount Abang, and Mount Agung towards this destinated Pura. Pura Puncak Penulisan is the beginning of the main Pura because the Pura Dalem Balingkang is right facing Pura Puncak Penulisan.
The history behind the existence of Dalem Balingkang temple
Actually, there are several versions of the story about the existence of this temple, but briefly, there are similarities between characters and storylines that I will shortly here to underline history of the origin of the establishment of this great temple.
Once upon a time, there was a king named Sri Haji Jayapangus who was sovereign in the palace of Panarajon. Has a wife named Sri Parameswari Induja Ketana. In the midst of happiness, the king turned to glance at another woman to become his second wife. This second woman was the daughter of a Chinese Buddhist merchant.
One of the king's advisors named Mpu Siwa expressed his objection if the king was to marry a woman of Chinese descent with different religious reasons. The king and his family are Hindu. As well as with different cultural backgrounds.
However, the king Jayapangus instead turned back wrath and drove Mpu Siwa out of the palace. While the king continued to be determined to carry out his second marriage. Mpu Siwa who felt humiliated and then did tapa brata asked God to give destruction to the king and his palace. After a while, there came a tornado and storm that devastated the kingdom and the palace of Panarajon.
The king, his two wives and family along with the court servants left Panarajon and moved in a safer place. Shortly, this newly inhabited place is Jong Les village, and the newly established palace is named Dalem Balingkang. There is also a history of the existence of two statues or Lingga that stand in front of Dalem Balingkang is a form of the king Sri Haji Jayapangus and his second wife from China who are named Kang Cing We.
That is why Dalem Balingkang temple is often referred to as a form of mixing between two cultures and religions that respect each other as a symbol of tolerance in Bali.