Timings : 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Entry Fee : IDR 50,000
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One of the few ancient religious places in Seminyak, Pura Petitenget is a 16th century Hindu temple constructed of beautiful red brick and sandstone. It is one of the series of sea temples that guard the island and has many small pavilions and shrines in its complex. Ideally visited during its anniversary celebrations, when it is decorated with banners and parasols. The name “Petitenget” loosely translates to “matchbox” and people believe that this temple is meant to protect them from the sea. It was built by the initiative of the Hindu Priest, Dang Hyang Nirartha.
Even though this temple is not very impressive, its red-brick walls, sandstone and beachside ceremonies give it an ancient vibe and cause it to be one of the temples worth visiting in Bali. Pura Petitenget is a part of the Puri Seminyak, which is a series of sea temples of the south coast of Bali. The courtyards in this temple are filled with different Balinese shrines and small pavilions draped in authentic Balinese cloth; this is where rehearsals for the anniversary take place.
Pura Petitenget is believed to represent the power of good over evil and even though it is overshadowed by the luxurious resorts and hotels in this area, it is one of the few cultural landmarks in upscale Seminyak. All in all, Pura Petitenget is an acting place of worship and till date, holds great significance for the Balinese Hindus in this area.
Visitors often come here to take a look at the Balinese shrines and pavilions, make wishes and offerings. However, this temple sees the most number of visitors on Merakih Wednesday which comes every 210 days according to the Pawukon Balinese Calendar.
On this day, the temple is decorated with banners and parasols, while pilgrims wear colourful traditional clothes. At the grand pavilion, a series of traditional rehearsals take place by Balinese Hindus which serves as an introduction to the anniversary ceremony. Visitors can take self-guided as well as guided tours for Pura Pertitenget.