Photographer's Note

Pura Ponjok Batu in North Bali, is very much related to the sacred journey of the Javanese Hindu priest Dang Hyang Nirartha in the 16th century. Ponjok Batu came from the word Ponjok means small projection and Batu means stones.

In the ocean in front of the temple there is an edifice of a ship. The edifice is built on a small rock amidst the waves, just below the temple.

The stone where the edifice is placed, supposed to have attracted sailors from Lombok a long time ago, because it had a glowing golden light around it. The sailors thought it was gold, but in trying to get close their ship hit the rocks and broke up. The priest, Dang Hyang Nirartha, who was meditating on shore invited the sailors from Lombok and meditated with them through the night, and the next day the sailors went on their way with a miraculously repaired ship. Even nowadays people still see the glowing light near the temple.

According to another version, one day, the local villagers witnessed lights radiating up from the ground in the area. While sitting on a small projection of stones admiring the great view of the sea and composing a bit of poetry, priest Nirartha saw a wrecked ship below with dying crews. Nirartha had forecasted wreckage of a ship in this area, earlier. With his holy magic Dang Hyang Nirartha healed the crews and bid them to drink the holy water that suddenly appeared in the rock. The local people noticed that the rock where the priest was sitting on, shone with a magical light and built a temple there.

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