Blanjong Inscription

Blanjong Inscription, Sanur: Address, Blanjong Inscription Reviews: 3.5/5

Blanjong Inscription
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Wayne D
Adelaide, Australia818 contributions
Aug 2013 • Friends
If you have an interest in archaeology and history, if you want to find out more about Bali and particularly the Sanur area, the stone Prasasti possibly Bali's oldest dated artefacts which was discovered only in 1932 is certainly worth a visit.
Travel along Jl. Danau Poso towards the Bye Pass rd. on the left hand side you’ll come to “Pura Belanjong” one of many Bali Hindu temples, but there is a difference. Alongside the temple there is a path (Size of small alley) Walk down the path approximately 10-15 metres and you will come to the glass enclose containing the stone pillar.
The stone pillar erected by the Buddhist King Sri Kesari Varma in A.D. 914. The pillar has only partially been deciphered, the inscription is in both Old Balinese and Sanskrit. The stone Prasasti, is a round pillar 177-cm-high and 75-cm-diameter.
There were other artefacts found at the same time, some are now in the Denpasar Museum, however a few items are in the Pura Belanjong “temple” grounds right next to the glass enclosed that contains the stone pillar. In the temple grounds there are a few very old carved statutes One of the statues is a “Ganesha” which is placed in a shrine, inside Blanjong temple there are also what is believed to be small bulls.
Please wear suitable clothes to show respect.
For more information visit www.bali-travelnet.com
Written May 6, 2014
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Hendrik Lohuis
Delden, The Netherlands19 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
In 1932 the Belanjong (also more generically known as Sanur pillar) was rediscovered. The cylindrical shaft is crowned by a lotus cushion. The surface of the pillar is inscribed by the order of King Sri Kesari, with the inscriptions dating back to early 914 A.D. The inscriptions are written in a mix of Sanskrit and Old Balinese, and in two different scripts. Curiously, the part of the text written in Early Nagari script (which is normally reserved for Sanskrit) is in the Old Balinese language, whereas the part written in the script normally used for Old Balinese, is partly in Old Balinese and partially in Sanskrit. This might have confronted contemporaries with problems deciphering the inscriptions, but it is worth noting that inscriptions were often imbued with magic, and the mixture of scripts and language may well have contributed to the magical effect.

The pillar is Bali’s oldest artifact and the inscriptions detail the exploits of Sri Kesari, a Buddhist king of the Sailendra Dynasty, and his efforts to lead a military expedition to establish a Mahayana Buddhist government in Bali. The inscription also tells about the success of military expeditions of offshore islands, either Nusa Penida or faraway Maluku. It is the first known inscription in which a Balinese king recorded his name.

When one uses Google Maps the Pillar is difficult to find, as the closest road on Google Maps leads to a gang, which ends in the backyard of a private house. When one stands on Jalan Danau Poso facing the Pura Belanjong, the alleyway leading to the pillar is left of the temple (and clearly marked - see photos below).

Unfortunately the inscriptions are invisible due to the fact that the pillar is covered with a ceremonial cloth and much of it is underground.
Written March 26, 2019
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,147 contributions
Feb 2019 • Solo
As with many objects of historic importance, this artifact as such is not very appealing. Hidden behind glass and partially covered by a piece of cloth the inscriptions on the Belanjong pillar are hardly visible. Even if you can discern some script, for a non-specialist the writing is almost meaningless.

The object comes to 'life' if you read about it. The pillar dates from 914 and contains a written account of a military campaign by a Buddhist Balinese king named Kesari. The writing is in two scripts (Old Balinese and Sanskrit) underscoring the significance of the military action as it was aimed to establish a Hindu-Buddhist society apart from Java.
Written February 16, 2019
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Therese S
Melbourne, Australia44 contributions
Jan 2020
We had visited Sanur several times we had driven past this historical site time and time again with out know it was there. One day after googling something to see in Sanur it came up . Its one of the oldest historical sites in Indonesia. Make sure you visit
Written May 27, 2020
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Truthful Reviews
London, UK7,408 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
The gate was open so I walked in and took some of the most important pictures of my life. Dating back to circa 914 this is definitely a hidden treasure. The Blanjong Pillar. The language on the stone is in Indian Sanskrit and old Balinese. I felt at peace here and strangely powerful too! maybe it was the big breakfast I had but I really would like to think it was the pillar.

Not the easiest place to find but go with you instincts. From the beach head towards the Fire Station restaurant and keep going for about 15 minutes. When you see a large Spar shop on your right the this place is to your immediate left.

There is a visitors book which you can sign. It looks as old as the pillar though! or definitely out of the 1980s....looks like an old school book from the 80s!.

Be warned along the way you will get people trying to get money by telling you where it is. If you say no they try to direct you off to the right and in the wrong direction! Don't get fooled by their misleading ways!
Written February 6, 2017
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kikibee420
Bengaluru, India547 contributions
Oct 2017
The Blanjong inscription plays an important role in the history of Bali. But sadly, it is difficult to find the place and there is no write-up or description of the place or the inscription at the site. There is a small, easy-to-miss, lane adjacent to a fairly large temple that leads to the location of the inscription. The pillar is enclosed in a glass case and can be viewed only from a distance. Being unable to view the artefact closely has forced me to rate this as 'average' even though I understand perfectly well that the inscription is important to he Balinese people.
Written October 10, 2017
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dcn_nz
Nanchang, China104 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
This place is almost unknown by the locals. We found our way by showing people the map. Otherwise it was impossible to find.

And once we got there, the only thing there was a single pillar surrounded by a glass enclosure, behind a steel fence and gate. There was no description. The pictures and descriptions online are far better than actually visiting this place. I suspect that many of the high ratings are because people went in through the temple next door, and are rating the temple, not this specific site.
Written September 6, 2017
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Geeess
Rome, Italy2,196 contributions
Mar 2017
Located behind a temple and not really on the tourist trail.Its an inscription in Sanskrit and a local script talking of the exploits of victory in battle by the local king.Shows Indian influence but is kept inside a glass case so a distant viewing alone is possible
Written August 15, 2017
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Angela B
5 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
Had the pleasure of being taken here by Kadek Nick who is a priest in the temple. This is a very spiritual place, and if you stop to absorb the energy, it feels amazing, I felt privileged to be shown the ancient inscriptions on the pillar.. loved it 💗🌸
Written April 26, 2017
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Wendy S
181 contributions
Apr 2017 • Solo
It was easy to find - I just asked the taxi driver to take me to Blanjong Temple.
The pillar is encased in glass os not great to photograph, The inscriptions are very faint and not that easy to see.
Nice piece of history but I wouldn't go out if my way to see it. I was staying in Sanur so not far from the Sanur centre.
Saw a Balinese lady coming to deliver Hindu offerings so that was nice.
Written April 19, 2017
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