Pura (Temple) Kehen, Bali, Indonesia

This temple is located in Bangli area of Bali and it has some unique features. The temple entrance gate is not Bentar Gate type yet Kurung Gate type. There is also Bale Kulkul (wooden slit drum) located above the hundred years banyan tree. There were three inscriptions found mentioned about the temple yet there was no certain year it was built and the inscription also mentioned where Kehen name derived. According to the 3rd inscription from the year 1204, the temple had some temples related to each other as a union called Pura Hyang Hatu, Kyang Kedaton, Hyang Daha Bangli, Hyang Pande, Hyang Wukir, Hyang Tegal, Whayng Waringin, Hyang Pahumbukan, Hyang Buhitan, Hyang Peken Lor, Hyang Peken Kidul and Hyang Kehen.

Hyang Kehen is assumed to be derived from the word dkeren which means place for fire and related to the first inscription which mentioned Hyang Api (fire), Hyang Karinama and Hyang Tanda and some monks names.

It is believed that if the branches fall down there will be disaster. It has happened that if the priests died, if the king died and also some branches fall down means disaster for the people.

The gate is decorated with two elephant statues as dwarapala. There are also statues from Ramayana epics and inside the temple there are 11 Siva’s manifestation. The main temple wal is decorated with chinese ceramics in blue color.