This Hindu Temple is located between Gresik-Surabaya, precisely located at Jalan Ikan Lumba lumba No1, Perak Barat, Surabaya. The location is quite, suitable to pray. Once you enter the complex, there are flowers creating certain nuance united with dark color of the temple.
The temple complex is 7.703 square meters. There are various area in the complex such as: Mandala Utama (the main building), Mandala Madya (Middle building) and Mandala Nista. In Mandala Utama, here are padmasana, pepelik, penglurah, ganesha statue, bale pawedan, bale pesantian, kori agung and penyengker. IN Mandala Madya there are beji, bale gong, bale sebaguna, bale pewaregan, candi bentar, bale pesanekan, penyengker, and office of PHDI Jawa Timur. And in Mandala Nista there are Bale Manusa yadnya, Pasraman, Dewi Saraswati statue , and other facilities such as bathroom, toilet, parking area and office of banjar Surabaya.
This temple was built in 1968 and a year after on Saturday 29 November 1969, this temple was officially opened by the Head of Kodamar V Maritime Comodore R Sahiran. That day was also Sarasvati day to commemorize Dewi Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge.
About 1987, this temple was restorated and later officially opened by Mr Wahono, the governor if East Java in 20 Sept 1987, and made inscription:
Karya Agung Lenteg Linggih
Pura Agung Jagat Karana
Saniscara Umanis Watugunung
tang . ping 3 sasih kapat 1909 C
Bale manusya yadnya
It was renovated again in 2003, for 2 years, that the main building has 2 pepelik, 2 apit lawang and bale pesantian.
In Surabaya this temple is used as the center of Hindu activities. In Silence Day, there are various ritual held here such as nancep karya, melasti, tawur panca sata, ngembak geni.
In Melasti rutial, it starts from the temple and the head to the coast , 3 km from the temple carrying ritual tools. Offerings, banners, and umbrellas were carried as well. They wear their special costumes accompanied with any instrumets they carry. The also put offering to the sea as the symbol of purification.
Tak hanya diikuti oleh umat Hindu dari Surabaya, pada upacara Melasti ini biasanya juga diikuti oleh umat Hindu dari daerah sekitarnya seperti Sidoarjo, Lamongan dan Gresik. Karena itu jumlahnya bisa mencapai ribuan orang. Dengan mengenakan pakaian berwarna putih, mereka berjalan kaki dan membawa berbagai peralatan.
In Tawur ritual, which is held one day before the Silence day, the Hindus parade ogoh ogoh effigies and this is also carried to Surabaya city area.
The rituals usually are held in these days: Kuningan, Galungan, Nyepi (Silence Day), Saraswati, Saka new year, Saturday night and full moon.