The temples established in Tabanan are always synonymous with prosperity as the public Mekori Temple located at Blimbing, Pupuan. This temple perches in the middle of a protected forest so that it is somewhat unique. Aside from jutting into the forest, the temple area is also inhabited by a swarm of monkeys. No inscriptions or other authentic evidence are found related to the establishment of the temple.
According to the temple priest, Jero Mangku Gede Pan Sari, 75, the information related to Mekori Temple was just based the story inherited through generations. It was believed the temple had existed since 1002 AD. It related to the commencement of local customary village. Story regarding the temple was only the discourse obtained from the previous ancestors, revealed the temple priest claiming as the eleventh generation. The Mekori Temple had a number shrines, such as the Ida Luhur Mas Kori, Yayu Mas Sari, Ida Bagus Made Mentang Yuda as forest ruler, the Puseh Penataran, Putra Luhur Mas Kari, Puseh Mengkep, Petamanan, Penyimpenan and Padmasana. Then, there was also the Ratu Nyoman Sakti shrines believed to be a forest ranger.
Before saying prayers to the temple, every pilgrim was obliged to worship in this outermost shrine. More uniquely, every day the pilgrim should not necessarily go into the main temple in the forest because there had been a small shrine built on the roadside. Therefore, the pilgrims only needed to park their vehicle and say prayers in this shrine.
According to Jero Mangku Gede Pan Sari, the piodalan or anniversary of the temple fell on Buda Kliwon Gumbreg. Every day, many pilgrims dropped in and said prayers in the small shrine. The small shrine was embellished with two tiger statues believed to be the guardian of the deities abiding in the Mekori Temple. Supporting devotees of the Mekori Temple consisted of various clan generations such as the Kebayan Wongaya, Dalem Benculuk, Sidatapa and others. (BTN/kmb)
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