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Bedulu, Pura Pengastulan

Bedulu, Pura Pengastulan

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Bedulu is a quiet village that has seen better days. It was the center for the Kingdom of Pejeng between the 10th and 13th centuries. To the south of Bedulu village is the Yeh Pulu spring. It has huge relief carvings that is believed to date fto the mid-14th century, when the Majapahit Empire advanced into Bali. The carvings measure 25 meters (80 feet) long and about 2 meters (6 feet) high. It is believed to have been done by a single person, with legend attributing it to the 14th century giant, Kebo Iwo.

There are two temples in Bedulu that are worth checking out. The first is Pura Pengastulan. This quite large temple has a surprisingly modern gate, done in the Art Deco sytle by artist I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, who happened to be born in Bedulu.

The other temple that you should visit in Bedulu is Pura Samuan Tiga. The name means “Temple of the Meeting of Three”, and refers to a legend that the gods of three warring sects met there after they had vanquished the demon king Mayadanawa.

Pura Samuan Tiga takes on a festive mood during the Purnama Kedas Festival, which takes place on the full moon of the tenth month of the Balinese calendar, coinciding with around March or April.

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