Kehen Temple is a magnificent Hindu Temple situated on the foot of the south part of Bangli Hill, right in the Pakuwon environment that is a residential and a part of Bangli Town. It is just 45 km from Denpasar City or 20 minutes from Kintamani, one of the famous tourist destinations in Bali. This temple is a worship place for Hindu people in Bali particularly for Bangli resident to worship the greatness of God. This temple is featured by the strategic location with Balinese traditional
In front of Kehen Temple there is another Hindu temple called by Penyimpenan Temple to keep 3 inscriptions about the existing of Kehen Temple. According to DR.R. Goris that all three inscriptions are:
- The Kehen Temple A Inscription, an inscription with Yumu Pakatahu type from 9 century
- The Kehen Temple B Inscription, an inscription from the year 971 Caka issued by Anak Wungsu
- The inscription from 1126 issued by the king of Sri Adikuntiketana
In the 9th century according with the Kehen Temple A Inscription that Kehen temple previously called by Hyang Api. In the next period that is 13th century and based on the inscription issued by Sri Adikuntiketana King hence Kehen Temple’s Name has changed into Hyang Kehen. Hyang Api and Hyang Kehen have an identical meaning as the word Kehen is come from the word Keren that mean a fire place that is called by Angolo or Homa Fire Place. The word of Keren has changed into Kehen, hence Hyang Kehen has the same meaning with what we call Kehen Temple.
The overview of Kehen Temple Historical as follows:
- Inscription Kehen Temple A in 9 century has mentioned that there are 3 temples those are Hyang Api, Hyang Tanda and Hyang Karimama. Because Hyang Api has identical with Hyang Kehen, hence Kehen Temple had existed in 9 century.
- The Kehen Temple B Inscription from 11 century has mentioned that the royal official, Senapati Kuturan Pu Kandara and this inscription also outlined curse word in the oath like: hinapapa, bhrasta sakula sambandha, liputen ing klesa tan tamwang sarbopaya, that means abject mystery, destroy all families and descendants, wrapped stain disaster, did not find any efforts. From this inscription can be taken the conclusion that in 11 century when Anak Wungsu King led the governmental, this temple has been functioned as a swearing place especially for royal officials and witnessed by Kingdom Advisory Department which is on that day called by Pakiran-kiran I Jro Makabehan
- The inscription from 13 century (year 1204) has mentioned that Hyang Kehen dan Hyang Wukir. Nowadays Hyang Kehen is similar with Kehen Temple and Hyang Wukiris Puncak Bukit Bangli Temple. In this inscription also mentioned that the tasks to execute the ceremony and Kehen Temple renovation that is done by Bangli Resident.