Campuhan, Ubud

Dear readers,

It gives me great pleasure to be part of this inaugural Ubud page in The Bali Times, and I welcome you all to read and share the many interesting and varied articles about my village, Ubud, and beyond.

The word Ubud means “ubad” or medicine. It acquired this name from the journey of Rsi Markandya, a holy man from India, who rested in the Campuhan area when his followers were sick and troubled. After the followers bathed in the Campuhan River, they were healed and were able to continue their journey and their mission to build the Mother Temple, Besakih.

The Campuhan River is where two rivers meet. These rivers are the male Oos River (beside Ibah Hotel & Spa) and the female Oos River (beside Campuhan Hotel). Rsi Markandya meditated on the banks of the Campuhan River at the place where the revered Gunung Lebag Temple now stands.

Many visitors to this town have influenced Balinese culture for centuries and even still today, Ubud has been called the cultural heart of Bali and you can find that in so many ways.

Rudolph Bonnet, Walter Spies and many other artists and writers visited Bali and resided in Ubud. They mixed with the local artists and they both influenced each other to breathe new life into Balinese art.

This weekend, on November 24, on the full moon, it will be Tumpek Landep, a day when we worship heirlooms and metal objects. A special temple festival will be held on the 24th at Pura Taman Kemuda Saraswati (behind Lotus restaurant). It will last for three days and there will be performances, processions and splendor galore. While you are in Bali, why don’t you come and witness the splendor of a temple festival in all its glory? Many other temples in Bali will also be having ceremonies on this auspicious day, so keep your eyes open and your sarong handy.

See you in Ubud,


Tjok Raka Kerthyasa

Prince of Ubud

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