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Pura Dalem Jagaraga (Jagaraga Temple), is a temple located in the village of Jagaraga, 11 km to the east of Singaraja. It is the Temple of the Dead, and numerous stone carvings of demonic faces peer out from the walls onto the empty court yard. The most frightening statue in the temple is the statue of Witch Rangda (please see Workshop).

In front of the gate, an elderly Balinese gentleman approached us, dressed in traditional Balinese style. He wore a white headdress called an udeng.

"Welcome to Bali" he said, "I am Kt.Suradnya".

Actually this is our fourth day in your lovely country..

"Thank you, I presume you’re from India?"

On our affirmative response, he continued "Our religion has come from India, but our Hinduism is quite different from what you practice in India."

Yes, in India we Hindus do not practice the religion, but in Bali we see Hinduism as highly ritualistic.

Thus continued our conversation.... Kt. Suradnya was a teacher in the local school & he had been appointed by the government for being the guide in this temple complex. He said not many tourists visit this marvelous temple & he was glad to meet somebody from India.

Before we left, we bid goodbye to Kt.Suradnya. He asked us to wait for a moment & he fished out a photocopied paper. Written there on two sheets was an elaborate history & details of the temple, which he had researched and written. It was a pleasure meeting and spending time with such a learned and noble man in Bali.

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