Puser Saab Temple is one of Sad Kahyangan Jagat Temples in Nusa Penida. This temple is located in Banjar Dehan, Batumadeg Village, approximately 14 km from district city. The architecture of Puser Saab Temple is unique, especially the barrier walls of this temple.In the main mandala (arena) of this temple, there are Bale Sekenem and Pelinggih Sanghyang Ganapati, a place to store Ganesha Statue and other embodiment statues, among others are the embodiment statues of Bhatara Bhatari, which is 13 intact statues, and 18 fragment statues. This temple is indeed not as famous as Penataran Ped Temple and Puncak Mundi Temple and the mysteries are still remaining.
The History of Puser Saab Temple
As cited by Shadeg (2007;420) and Sutjaja (2006:793), the word“Sa(h)ab”has a meaning of cover/ saeb and the combination with the word “puser” (core/center), being the center or core of nature guard. It is because this temple has direct connection with Puncak Mundi and Dalem Ped Temple.
Puser Saab Temple was built since the era of Prabu Renggan that also built Puncak Mundi Temple. At first, Prabu Renggan built padma yoni facing the eastern direction. After finishing pelinggih between Puser Saab Temple and Puncak Mundi Temple, the he continued to build several pelinggih in Puser Saab Temple, Linggih Bhatara Arca, in which the building is similar to temple building in Nepal. Next, he also built several other temples, namely Batu Medau Temple (Suana Village), Penida Temple (Penida, Sakti), Dukuh Jumpungan Temple (Sukun, Batukandik).
This temple consists of three temple pelaban, i.e. Batu Paras Temple in the east, Ratu Gede Dalem Selimpet Temple in the south, and Puser Saab Temple in the center. Pura Batu Paras as the place of the position of Shivaas cleansing (penglukatan). Ratu Gede Selimpet temple in which every pujawalimust give offerings withbantencontaining complete raw pork innards.Ratu Gede Selimpet Temple was built after the pelebon(great cremation) of Ratu Mas Mecuet. Through pewisik (revelation), she wanted a pelinggih made for her (pura dalem) in Selimpet. Hence it is known as Ratu Gede Selimpet Temple (linggih Ida Ratu Gede Mas Macuet) standing inPelinggihbebaturan(foundation) Selimpet (Mrajapati) and becomes the rencang-rencangof Ida Bhatara Puser Saab.
Puser Saab Temple is marked by a big pancer stone in the center of main mandala (arena) of the temple. Through pewisik (revelation), at the time of renovation of pelinggih Gedong Arca linggih Ida Bhatara Gana was not moved from pancer stone. Right at that time, Puseh Saab Temple underwent name change into Puser Saab Temple. The only one Sad Kahyangan Temple in Nusa Penida which has many statues and the mistery is the number of statues that keeps changing, can be few or many.At the moment of karawista making, the number of statues had been counted in accordance with the number of their prelingga, but after theyhad been set, the karawista finally reduced. It can be seen after sasih(month) kawulu, the number of statuesis many, while at the sasih(month) it reduced. In the event of an earthquake, the main areaof mandala(arena) does not sense the vibration, since then people called it Puser Saab Temple. Prior to yadnya ceremony in Nusa Penida, nunas tirta will be held in Puser Saab Temple to ask for the smoothness of ceremony.