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Pura Parahyangan Agung Jagatkarta

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Perched on the lower slopes of Gunung Salak in the village of Ciapus about 13 kilometres southwest of Bogor, the Hindu temple Pura Parahyangan Agung Jagatkarta may have been a holy site since the early days of the Sundanese Hindu kingdom ruled by Prabu Siliwangi in the 15th century.

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The temple as you see it today is much more modern with construction beginning in 1995 and still in the process at the time of research in late 2017. The structure is in the style of Hindu temples commonly seen in Bali, but is nevertheless an impressive site particularly with its spectacular mountain backdrop. From the road there’s not much to see, and you’ll have to climb a steep set of stairs to the outer area of the temple.

Save yourself a trip to Bali. Photo taken in or around Pura Parahyangan Agung Jagatkarta, Bogor, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Save yourself a trip to Bali. Photo: Sally Arnold

Tourists are generally not able to enter the main temple, but is possible if you purchase some offerings and incense from the small shop outside and don a sarong and sash which can be borrowed from the box in the outer courtyard, remove your footwear and enter with the intention to pray. The layout of the temple is in line with Balinese Hindu temple architecture with three courtyards ascending the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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