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Jakarta Post

The birthplace of Balinese Hinduism

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, April 28 2011   /  07:00 am

The ancient text Siwa Purana states that the Samuantiga temple was built during the reign of King Candrasangka, in ancient Bali.

Curiously, Candrasangka was never mentioned in any existing inscriptions issued from ancient kingdoms here.

Several scholars believed Candrasangka was the alias of Chandrabhayasingha Warmadewa, a 10th century king whose palace lied in Bedahulu, known as Bedulu today.

The temple rose to prominence in the 11th century during the reign of King Udayana Warmadewa after a large gathering of senior ranking government officials led by Mpu Kuturan, leaders from different religious sects and representatives from Bali Aga (indigenous Balinese) communities, took place.

This three-party meeting gave rise to the name Samuantiga (literally the gathering of the three).

Scholars haven’t yet unearthed the reasons behind this large gatherin...