The Rambut Siwi Temple is one of the biggest Hindu Temples in Bali, located a few kilometers from Dajuma.
When the sixteenth-century Hindu priest Nirartha sailed across from Java, he paused at this spot and claimed it as holy. On leaving, he donated a lock of his hair to the villagers, who erected a temple and named it Pura Rambut Siwi, “the temple for worshipping the hair”. The gift is kept in a sandlewood box inside the central 3-tiered meru.
Perched among frangipani on a promontory overlooking the sea, Pura Rambut Siwi occupies a truly beautiful site, set in the cliff bank with wide Indian Ocean just in front. Inside are shrines to Dewi Saraswati, the Goddes of learning and Dewi Sri, the rice Goddes.
A beautiful and authentic place to discover, especially at sunset!
Dajuma is located nearby the village of Pekutatan, at the edge of West Bali National Park. The whole area counts something like 15’000 inhabitants, in a harmonious mix of farmers and fishermen as well as Hindu and Islam religions. A lot of authentic wonders to discover for our guests, by foot, bicycle or motorbike, from the virgin sandy seashore where colorful prahos are operated by athletic fishermen to the rice paddies carefully cultivated by skilled and sympathetic farmers. To facilitate the discovery of the surroundings of Dajuma, we decided to create a detailed map where the roads and paths are clearly indicated as well as the the main points of interest.
You can download it here. Hope you will like it!
Close to the Rama restaurant, in the middle of the lawn, your eye may be attracted by a small traditional statue : a women carrying a flat basket on her head.
Her location is now a holy place because the Hindu people from Puri Dajuma are used to put flowers as offerings to the Gods in the basket every day.
For this beautiful and élégant little girl, the statue looks like a good friend with whom one like to share some frangipani flowers.
Indeed a graceful picture!
There is a landmark on the beach in front of Dajuma which is a boat with 3 soldiers on the deck among which the famous Colonel Ngurah Raï, hero of the Indonesian independence. Despite a strong structure made from the concrete, the waves regularly damage this beautiful commemorative monument. Until this year it was impossible for Dajuma to renovate it because it is the property of the Indonesian army. After some months of negotiation, we finally obtained the authorization to refurbish it what is done at the moment. Here on the picture, our team of workers under the guidance of I Putu Edit Andi Pratama, a renowned artist in the region, specialised in the construction of statues all around the Regency.
Their work is so perfect that it is almost impossible to distinguish between real humans and statues. Try to count how many real humans we have on the picture!
Clove and Cacao’s harvests have been particularly good this year in Pekutatan. Together with rice, vegetable, coffee and fruit, the clove and cacao plantations are well developped in this part of the island. The farmers proceed with the harvest of the clove once a year and twice for the cacao. They extract the clove and the cacao beans and make them drying in the sun before sending them to Java where the cacao beans are roasted and exported.
On the picture some clove and cacao beans drying in Pekutatan village, nearby Dajuma. The farmer also collects waste from the village for recycling.
Since many years, Dajuma offers to its guests a free wifi service which is available in each room and all around the resort. As frequently as possible, depending on the evolution of the technology offered by our providers, we look for improving our internal installations. This is what has been done recently with 2 big dish antennas linking the property with the provider located in Negara, 26 km from Dajuma. The result is really satisfactory: more speed and afterall, more stability in the transmissions. To give you a more precise idea about the gains, here are the measures made by our technician:
Before: Download: 1,61 Mbps – Upload: 410 Kbps – Ping: 83 ms
Now: Download: 2,34 Mbps – Upload: 610 Kbps – Ping: 59 ms
On the picture, the old antenna on the left and the new one on the right. Not so bad for linking a piece of paradise to the rest of the world, is’nt it?
For those who appreciate the Balinese Art, it is impossible to remain indifferent to the beauty of the carvings found everywhere around the island.
Who not remained fascinated by observing the delicate work of woodcarvers who, with makeshift tools, are able to make masterpieces that adorn houses, temples and hotels in Bali.
On the picture, the carving in our Rama restaurant, one of the many wood carvings that decorate Dajuma. It was made by the cousin of our director.
When asked the question: “What are your sources of inspiration?”, the answer is : “Nature and Imagination”.
As simple as that!
The regency of Jembrana in Bali is renowned for its Jeggog music, buffalo races rice fields overlooking the ocean and for its plantations of cacao.
In 2007, the authorities decided to encourage the local production of chocolate. A special building was dedicated to the project headed by Nobertha, with all the necessary equipment.
Today the chocolate factory produces all sorts of fine chocolates, tablets, powder and plans to,extend its activities.
Good luck Nobertha ! We support you.
Bali is renowned worldwide for the wealth of its culture, among which dancing is occupying a privileged position.
Each village of the island supports as much as possible a dancing group as well as a gamelan or jegog orchestra. This is the case for the village of Pekutatan which is housing Dajuma.
After an interruption of several months due to a serious health problem, our dear dance professor Agung is back, more dynamic than ever. He launched some years ago in the village a very successful school which participates in many dance contests around the island and beyond. Dajuma strongly encourages this actvity by welcoming on a regular basis his school on our stage in front of the Rama restaurant.
Here on the picture young villagers, boys and girls directed by Agung. Our guests love to watch this authentic spectacle and sometimes participate in it.
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, Dancing - Music
Tagged with: agung
, rama restaurant
With the rapid development of Bali over the last decade, the traffic on the road from Java to Denpasar has been constantly increasing, reaching sometimes the level of capital cities in the world. Consequence: when it was possible to reach the airport from Dajuma in less than one hour and a half ten years ago, it is just unthinkable today: we need 2 hours and a half and sometimes more. OK the landscapes all along the road are really splendid with an alternance of rice-fields, sandy sea shores and Batukaru volcano as background. But anyway, definitively too long !
Today the situation is changing: the authorities have decided the construction of 3 big bridges aimed at eliminating the main black points on the road. By jumping above 3 deep volcanic valleys, all the heavy trucks from Java will no longer be in a position to slow down the traffic. One bridge out of 3 is currently finished and open to the traffic. The 2 others are expected to be completed by the end of the year. Definitively a good news !
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Tagged with: bridge