Perched North of Padangbai, Karangasem, overlooking the Southern sea that separate Bali and Nusa Penida, Pura Luhur Sila Yukti created as a homage to the island’s most significant spiritual figure.
Built on the 11th century, Sila Yukti temple might not look much in term of form or shape, but the meaning of its existence is deep and signifies the respect for Empu Kuturan; a sacred priest who has unify the religious sect in Bali into one belief that becomes the root of the current Balinese Hindu religion. Empu Kuturan has become a key figure in the development of the island’s spiritual aspect. Some of his teachings have become a gridline for Balinese Hindu community in Bali until this very day, and he also plays important role in the creation of Pura Sad Kahyangan Jagat; six major Temples used as place of worship for all Balinese Hindu believers.
Surrounding Pura Sila Yukti are three smaller temples namely Pura Tanjung Sari, Pura Payogan and Pura Telaga Mas. Pura Payogan was intentionally built overlooking the ocean and frequently used by Empu Kuturan to meditate. For tourists, this collection of temples is a worthy cultural destination to visit for its beautiful surroundings and preserved interiors, and is a perfect spot for those who wish to gain the knowledge of Balinese ancient relic first-hand.