Location: west Bali, near Medewi
By car from Ubud: 2,5 – 3 hours
Historical dating: 16th century
When the sixteenth-century Hindu priest Nirartha sailed across from Java, he paused at this spot 16km west of modern-day Medewi and claimed it as holy. On leaving, he donated a lock of his hair to the villagers, who erected a temple and named it Pura Rambut Siwi, “the temple for worshipping the hair”. This temple is now the most important in Jembrana district
Nirartha’s hair is enshrined, along with some of his clothing, in a sandalwood box buried inside the central three-tiered meru. This shrine is the focus of the inner courtyard.
The complex of Pura Rambut Siwi consists of three temple enclosures, which are Pura Luhur, Pura Penataran and Pura Melanting. The entrance of this temple is guarded by beautifully carved wild boar and dragon statue.