Candi Bentar

‘Candi Bentar’ is the gate at the place of worship for Hindus (temples) which at the top is split in two. Candi Bentar has been known since the time of the Majapahit Kingdom, with its towering shape that depicts a mountain. In addition to its towering shape, ‘Candi Bentar’ has a variety of decorations in the form of coral and pepatraan which symbolize life in the forest or on the mountain.

According to Kakawin ‘Rajendra Prasad’ which was created by Ida Tjokorda Ngoerah, states that “Tell the situation at the temple, the pelinggih that is there now, has a wall with short trellises, there is the same statue, both at the entrance, both, Bhuta Nggawa Sari.”

Bhuta Nggawa Sari is the designation or name of Bhuta kala (giant) in Hindu mythology or religious beliefs. ‘Nggawa Sari‘ has the meaning of bringing flowers and goodness, whereas a giant figure whose shape looks like carrying flowers is believed to bring kindness and beauty, and looks like it welcomes visitors. This figure is usually placed in front of the entrance of a temple (holy place), more precisely in front of ‘Candi Bentar’, where the figure of Bhuta at this time also has the task of guarding the entrance to the temple and neutralizing negative things so they don’t enter or pollute the temple area.