Maduwe Karang Temple

Meduwe Karang Temple – North Bali

Meduwe Karang Temple is located in the village of Kubutambahan about 12 Km from the city of Singaraja to the east. This temple can be reached by motor vehicle which takes about 15 minutes from the city of Singaraja in north Bali.

The construction of Pura Meduwe Karang is related to the journey of Hindu priest Rsi Markandya from Java to Bali. It is estimated that Rsi Markandya came to Bali with 40 people. The temple was built at the end of 1890 and it was completed in 1895, and was given the name Pura Maduwe Karang. Meduwe comes from the word “Duwe” in Balinese means to have and Karang means land. Thus Pura Meduwe Karang is a farm or land temple. Until now the farmers still have a belief that all agricultural activities are always preceded by asking for blessing in the Pura Meduwe Karang by by bringing offering.

One of the most intriguing temples in north Bali, this temple is notable for its sculptured panels, including the famous stone-carved bicycle relief that depicts a gentleman riding a bicycle with a lotus flower serving as the back wheel. It is on the base of the main plinth in the inner enclosure. The cyclist may be WOJ Nieuwenkamp, a Dutch artist who, in 1904, brought what was probably the first bicycle to Bali. Outside the walls visitors can also see 34 carved figures from the Ramayana.