Pura Batu Bolong Lombok Island
Pura Batu Bolong is a small temple located in the area of Senggigi, Lombok, NTB. If you travel overland to the port of Mataram Ward via the coastal road, you will pass this temple. It is called perforated stone structure because it has a hole in the rock. The black rocks and its location close to the sea make Bolong temple looks unique and interesting with the beauty of the surrounding nature.
Beautiful Pura Batu Bolong is located extends from the shoreline. Pura Batu Bolong spiritual atmosphere is coupled with the location of the temple facing the Strait of Lombok and Bali’s Mount, Agung volcano purified by Hindus. This temple is history place that has an important role in the development of Hinduism in Bali and Lombok. Bolong temple consists of two buildings. The first is the temple that is located under trees and near the entrance down stairs named Pura Ratu Gede Mas Mecaling. While the second temple is on top of the reef which is about 4 meters are in an overhanging position. Some statues contained in this temple are the statue of Lakshmana, Vali, Rama, Sugriva, and the Dragon sculpture.
As well as it is exists place in Lombok, every visitor is required to comply with some regulations such as wear a yellow scarf wrapped around the waist and for women who are menstruating are forbidden to come to this temple. Do not forget to voluntarily donate the money to fund the cleanliness and care of this temple. To reach Pura Batu Bolong you can ride motorcycles from Mataram. If you are going to stay here, you do not need to feel worry because there are a lot of hotels that has been provided. The existence of Bolong temple is directly meaningful traditions that come into contact with the life of the Hindu community in Lombok inherited from the culture of Bali.
While there are historical geographical proximity, but the local Hindu community still attach meaning of tradition in. Thetradition is similar with the existing tradition in Bali visible kinds built in this temple. Interestingly, when Eid comes, Muslims in Lombok will come trooped to the beach in front of the temple. Filipinos usually enjoy chicken curry, chicken rhombus, and taliwang serundeng there. This is clear proof of harmony between Muslims and Hindus which shows that they can coexist harmoniously. The same harmony would see if you visit in the District Narmada Lingsar, West Lombok.
Pura Batu Bolong not only visited by those who will worship, but also the photography hobbyist. This is very beautiful temple especially when sunset is coming. As the sun fused with nature, sea gilded golden sun shades prepare your camera to capture these precious moments. Bolong stone temple area is quite crowded. Many traders’ souvenirs, food and beverages that is ready to entertain you when you feel hungry and thirsty. That is all about Pura Batu Bolong Lombok Island. If you visit lombok, it is better for you to visit this temple.