Nusa Penida has many temples for Hindu religious ritual means. In Karang Dawa Hamlet, Nusa Penida, you will see a unique and different temple. It is Paluang Temple of Nusa Penida which is usually called as Car Temple. You must be curious why this temple is called so. Yes, it is because of the pelinggih of this temple is in the form of a car.
The Uniqueness of Paluang Temple
At a glance, this temple that located on the high seas, looks the same as other temples in Nusa Penida, Bali. But if you look closer, this temple has unique difference with other temples, i.e. of the 13 pelinggihin Paluang Temple, two of them resembling VW Beatle and Jimmy. Paluang Temple which has pelinggihin the form of car is the only one in the world and this is exactly what drives tourist and Hindu people to come to this Car Temple.
The History of Paluang Temple
There is a heredity story about the history of Paluang Temple of Nusa Penida.It is said that, in the old times, a resident of Karang Dawa wanted to open a plantation land in this place. During the process, there was a large coral rock that should be moved to another place. After being moved, it returned to its former place and it occurred again and again. Then there was a virtual revelation to build a pelinggihin that place, on the coral hill, and adjacent to a very steep ravine. The temple is Paluang Temple.
As the time went by, there was a revelation of Ida based in the temple, which was Ratu Gede Sakti Hyang Mami. She asked local people to make her car pelinggihbecause there in virtual nature, she had a ride in the form of car. It is the jimmy that becomes thepelinggihof Ratu Gede Sakti Hyang Mami, in which inside it, there are two statues of man and wife which local people believethat they are the manifestations of Ida Bhatara standing there i.e. Ida Bhatara Ratu Gede Ngurah and Hyang Mami. Meanwhile, VW Beatle is the car of their followers or their children.
According to the story, in the nights, local people frequently hear the car sounds and car horns with bright light and high speed toward the northwest. But the sound is only a cursory and it is no longer clear where it goes. The car pelinggihin this Paluang Temple is told to have existed since 300 years ago.Whereas the VW beetle car from Germany was produced in 1938-2003.
In Paluang Temple, the color of this VW Beatle car is gold on the hood, and yellownish brown in the body. The wheels are also painted with the same color. There are three box holes on the driver’s front window, and two entrances.The license plat of this car is KD 013. In the other side, the color of Jimmy car is red. There are two entrance, i.e. in the right and left side of the car. Inside, there is a statue as a symbol of driver. The car windshield is closed, but at the both sides, there are green-gold dragons. The license plat of this car DK 28703 GL.
The license plat of VW is KD 013 which means Karang Dawa and the year of pelinggihrenovation, 01-01-2013. And the license plat of Jimmy is DK 28703 GL. DK is a vehicle number plate for Bali Province, while 28-7-2003 is the renovation date and GL means Gunung(Mountain) and Lebah (Ravine).
Formerly this car-shaped building was made using wood and shaped resembling a car. But the wood then began to porous, so it underwent renovation with the same building size, form, and designbut using stone in order to last longer.
The Location and How to Reach Paluang Temple
Paluang Temple is located in Karang Dawa Hamlet, Bunga Mekar Village, Nusa Penida. Hence this temple is also known as Karang Dawa Temple.
To reach the location of this temple from Nusa Penida Port, you can travel with motorcycle for about40 minutes. The road is sandy and a bit difficult to pass. Along the way, you will pass through scrub, chalky cliffs and some people’s houses. Occasionallu, you will pass few settlements and see the beauty of the sea from the distance. But this temple is far from the settlement.
When you visit Nusa Penida, moreover if you visit Paluang Cliff tourism destination near this temple, make time to visit this unique and mysterious Paluang Temple of Nusa Penida!