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A spooky heritage site is one way to describe the Pura Dalem Sidan in Gianyar. Also called the ‰ÛÏTemple of Death Rites‰Û, its dedicated to Shiva and Durga and graphically depicts the fate of sinners- heads sawn off, smashed infants and other terrible relics. Home to several bats as well, this one can make tourists uneasy.
Despite its eerie atmosphere, Pura Dalem Sidan flaunts some fine stone carvings. The sculpture of Durga by the entrance is a splendid example of the carvings in this temple of the dead. A separate enclosure exists in one corner that is dedicated to Merajapati, commonly regarded as the guardian spirit of the dead. The use of a sarong is mandatory to gain entry into the temple.