Gaduh of this
market village is associated with Kebo lwa, a legendary personality
famous for his size, strength and magical power. Many landmarks and
buildings are attributed to him, including the original gate of this
temple. Enshrined in a small pavilion is a massive stone head over a
meter high, said to be a portrait of Kebo lwa. The head cannot be dated
precisely and does not resemble usual Hindu-Javanese iconography; it is
probably solely Balinese in creation.
was a high
official of the last king of Bedulu before the Majapahit conquest in
1343. Gajah Mada, the great prime minister of Majapahit, realizing he
could never conquer Bali while Kebojwa lived, enticed him to Java with
the profile of a beautiful princess, and had him killed. The present
temple is a reconstruction following the earthquake of 1917. Many of
the statues are unfinished; some carvings are on the main stairs.
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