” Located on the same area with the legendary Pura Tanah Lot, Pura Luhur Pakendungan has a significant function as a spiritual prosperity source for Tabanan’s agricultural aspects.”
Every year, on Kuningan day, a vibrant celebration is always held at Pura Luhur Pakendungan on Kediri district, Tabanan. Although less known than its neighboring Tanah Lot Temple for tourists and visitors, this ancient temple built in 14th century is considered as one of the regional ‘guardian’ of the island, specifically known as the source of prosperity in Tabanan agriculture.
There are several version regarding the background of Pura Luhur Pakendungan, but the most cited one said that it is related to a sacred weapon named Ki Baru Gajah, which was given by holy priest Dang Hyang Dwijendra to Ki Bendesa Braban-a leader of tribal village, to help him fend off a powerful shaman named Ki Bhuta Babahung, which has been ransacking the village and killing some of its inhabitants. After the shaman has been killed, the weapon was said to keep inside Pakendungan temple. Nowadays, Pura Luhur Pakendungan serves as a place of worship on big Balinese Hindu celebration day and also as a protection shrine for ‘Subak’ irrigation system in Tabanan.