Kerta Bhuwana Temple in Nganjuk Regency, East Java Province


Not all tourists realize that Nganjuk Regency also has some interesting religious sites like Kerta Bhuwana Temple. Well, this sacred place was built to accommodate local Hindus for sure. Aside from being a praying site, the temple has become a new vacation destination too. Thus, tourists must not forget to drop by before exploring other parts of Nganjuk. When it comes to the location, the temple resides in Bajulan Village and it belongs to Loceret Sub-District. It definitely gives a new nuance for tourists. Not to mention visitors can collect many good photos while exploring the temple.

The Nuance
People would feel a serene and soothing nuance once they arrive at Kerta Bhuwaa Shrine. For the information, the shrine was part of Sapto Argo Temple and it is located on the top of Wilis Mountain. No wonder, the atmosphere feels so comfy up there. In terms of architecture, it indeed resembles the Hindu’s temple. Beautiful carvings can be seen on the structure. Some arcas, statues, and ornaments also beautify the site. The locals built the temple up there due to their local belief. It is said the mountain is quite sacred and suits Hindus when it comes to praying.

Exploring Kerta Bhuwana Temple
As mentioned before, the Kerta Bhuwana Temple’s prime function is to accommodate local Hindus for praying and performing some sacred events. Due to increasing popularity, though, it also becomes an interesting spot to spend a vacation. The question is what tourists can do when arriving at the site. The first thing to enjoy is definitely the trip itself. It is because the temple resides on a highland, so everyone must spend some time in order to get there. Along the way to the site, tourists may see various panoramas including lush trees, bushes, mountain views, hills, etc.

The next thing that tourists can enjoy when visiting Kerta Bhuwana Temple is related to the architecture. That means they would appreciate the design and explore all parts of the building. Some people also take advantage of the unique temple as their object of photography, in fact. Thus, it is recommended to carry a camera when heading to the temple later. For the information, the temple has undergone several renovations. No wonder, the appearance gets better as compared to before.

Another thing that tourists can enjoy in Kerta Bhuwana Temple is to watch sacred rituals directly. Both local Hindus and outsiders often gather in the temple to perform some ceremonies like Pujawali, Ngaturang Bakti, and Tirtayatra. As long as tourists don’t make noises and disturbance during the events, they are allowed to join and watch those directly.

Nearby Attractions

  • Lor Temple
  • Ngliman Mountain
  • Cinta Hill
  • Waduk Kulak Secang
  • Roro Kuning Waterfall
  • Bukit Salju

How to Get There
The prime destination is Nganjuk Regency, without a doubt. This trip would take about 2 hours about 3 minutes from Surabaya City (the capital of East Java Province), actually. It is because the distance is 112 km and the first route to take is Surabaya – Mojokerto Highway. Next, tourists must take Mojokerto – Kertosono Highway and head to the downtown. After that, they can take Raya Kediri – Nganjuk Street and reach the temple directly. This trip would take around 34 minutes, as the distance is 21.3 km.

Where to Stay

  • Selopanggung Hotel
  • Pohsarang Hotel
  • Bukit Daun Hotel



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