Dharma Loka Temple in Jepara Regency, Central Java Province
Having lots of beautiful natural attractions makes Jepara Regency popular among both local and foreign tourists. Despite the fact, more reasons make the region famous though. One of them is the richness in both historical and religious tourist sites. Here is an example. Tourists may find a new experience by visiting Dharma Loka Temple at Pakis Aji Sub-District. The exact location is in Plajan Village and it becomes one of the biggest Hindu Temples in Jepara! The fact is it resides near to other temples like Giri Tungka, Puser Bumi, and Manggala Dharma (which are also located in the same village).
The most common visitors are indeed local Hindu, for the sake of worshipping and conducting some religious events. Despite the fact, the temple also attracts tourists who are interested both in the architecture and nuance. This place is sacred, though, so visitors are not allowed to disturb any procession or harm the environment. During a religious ceremony, the local Hindu people gather in the temple and place some offerings at the altar. They roll out a mat and sit on the ground while praying, which is led by the elder. The good thing is tourists are allowed to watch and join the procession, as long as they have obtained the permission.
Exploring Dharma Loka Temple
For the local Hindu people, Dharma Loka Temple has become a place for worshipping. They also regularly throw religious events and gathering during special days. These include Galungan, Sudi Widani, Kuningan, Pujawali, and many others. The good thing is tourists are able to watch and join these ceremonies comfortably. The first consideration is related to the clothes. Everyone should wear clean and appropriate clothing when entering the temple, especially during special days.
Aside from watching and joining Hindu religious ceremonies at Dharma Loka Temple, tourists can do other things there. For example, it is photography. They simply explore the temple and take good photos including the architecture, ornaments, nuance, etc. It is even possible to take photos during ceremonies. However, tourists are not allowed to make a fuss or disturb worshippers when taking photos. It is also recommended to ask permission from the participants or keepers.
What is more? The next recommended thing to do in Dharma Loka Temple is to witness a local tradition called Tawur Agung. It is the part of Nyepi procession, actually. The number of participants may reach more than a hundred. During the ceremony, those people prepare lots of offerings and conduct praying together in the yard of the temple. The nuance is solemn but beautiful.
- Mount Muria
- Songgo Langit Waterfall
- Gong Perdamaian Dunia
How to Get There
From Semarang City, a trip to Jepara Regency may take approximately 78.1 km, as the distance is 2 hours and 6 minutes. It can be done faster if tourists take Kudus – Semarang Street. Once arriving at Jepara Regency, the next destination is Plajan Village at Pakis Aji Sub-District. The distance is 13.4 km, so the trip may take around 25 minutes. As for the best route, it is recommended to take Jepara – Lebak Street.
Where to Stay
- The Gecho Inn
- Kelet Hotel