Kehen Temple located on the southern slope of Bangli Hill, some 2 kms from the town of Bangli. As a historical temple, it is worth visiting where you will be lead by some steps to see many parts of the temple. Kehen Temple is one of Bali’s old temples that has housed three bronze-made manuscripts. The word “Kehen” is derived from “Keren” meaning flame. Previously it was known as “Hyang Api”.
The existence of the inscription at Kehen Temple can be explained as follows:
- Kehen Temple Inscription ‘A’ is mentioning the existence of 3 sanctums those are Hyang Api, Hyang Tanda, and Hyang Karimama
- Kehen Temple Inscription ‘B’ from 11 century is mentioning the empire functionary that is the Senapati Kuturan pu Kandara and it elaborate with the anathema words in oath
- The Inscription from 13 century (year 1204 M) is mentioning Hyang Kehen and Hyang Wukir. At the moment Hyang Kehen is equal to Kehen Temple and Hyang Wukir is Puncak Bukit Bangli Temple .
Ngusaba ceremony that takes place on Balinese calender of “Budha Kliwon Shinta” is held once in three years, falling on the so-called “Purnama Kelima” (arround November). The temple can be reached by any mode of transports through a nice road or just by a short walk from Giri Kusuma Cultural Park.
Function of Kehen Temple as follows:
- It is one of Monarchic Temple , The temple under the aegis of king while ceremony execution and construction is delivered to local countryside custom
- As a sanctum which is used as a altar (oath) for empire functionary who disloyal to his obligation will incur the Sapata or very horrible anathema. The function of Kehen Temple as sanctum in execution of oath ceremony is supported by the existence of a circumlocutory canister by 4 dragon tails which is called canister Sarpantaka. Nowadays, the canister is placed in a building in form of Gedong
- Worshiping supremacy Siwa God in the form of Eka Dasa Rudra utilizes to request the godsend to the good human life and universe for blessing of fertile life, secure, prosperous and peaceful.
The structure of Kehen Temple yard is arranged to have a terrace and it shows the existence of tradition megalithic which is continued as a symbol from the existence of mount that is one of the fertility sources. The temple festival can be divided into 2 types those are Piodalan Ceremony which is executed every 6 month, that is on Wednesday Keliwon Sinta (Balinese Calendar) and Ngusaba Ceremony which is executed every 5 years.