“Built around six decades ago, Jagatnatha is a large and engaging state temple built to worship the Supreme god of Balinese Hindu belief.”
Located just to the north of Puputan Square in central Denpasar, Jagatnatha Temple is built by the government as significance to monotheism statement. Despite of many gods and deities, Balinese Hindu actually believes in one supreme god called Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa, who can manifest to all kinds of supernatural beings.
As a place of worship, Jagatnatha is precisely designed to be a symbolic representation of the Cosmos. The god Sanghyang Widi Wasa is represented at the center. There is a gold statue of him sitting atop the highest ‘padmasana’ spire made of white coral with an empty throne to symbolize heaven on top of the cosmic turtle and two naga-mythical snake-like creatures, which represent the foundation of the world. The walls around this wondrous central area are decorated with carvings of scenes taken from the epic saga of Ramayana and Mahabharata.
There are numerous events held at the temple twice each month, in which the temple will be open until late in the evening and locals gather amass to watch traditional dance and rituals, including a special ‘wayang kulit’ (leather shadow puppet) show conducted on the night of full moon.