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A place rich in cultural traditions, Pura Silayukti Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples seated in the northeastern side of the bay of Padangbai in East Bali. The region is peppered with a number of sacred temples and is a popular site for devotees who often visit this holy site to offer their prayers. Dedicated to Mpu Kuturan, a spiritual leader who was responsible for introducing the caste system and social constructs in Bali, the glorious Pura Silayukti Temple was built in the 11th century.
Owing to its proximity to the sea, Pura Silayukti Temple is also thronged by non-pilgrims, who come here to take in the picturesque, panoramic coastal views. The sunrises and sunsets are especially breathtaking. It is a belief that the serenity of the surrounding areas of the temple is, to a large extent, suited for samadi, also known as meditation, in order to take a step towards reaching Ida Sang Hyang Widhi.
The name Silayukti comes from ‘sila’, which translates to basic, and ‘yukti’, which means true. When these two words are combined, it gives rise to the word ‘silayukti’, which can be translated as the basis of truth. Previously, Bali was a place where several different religious practices existed and hence, there was an impending rise in issues of conflict.
In order to prevent the same, Mpu Kuturan, formerly known as Mpu Rajakerta, was offered a position of authority that allowed him to preach his teachings which ultimately united the Balinese population to follow the same heritage and cultural practices. He used to believe in Karma, and treated everyone as his own, regardless of their social distinctions.
Owing to this, he was honoured with the title of Brahmanasista, also known as Pandita, by the Manawa Dharmasastra Library. The meritorious Mpu Kuturan had built a ‘parahyangan’ at Padangbai, where people could do samadi yoga. This is the spot where the dignified Pura Silayukti Temple stands at present.