INDONESIA

Taman Ayun Bali – Pura Taman Ayun

Taman Ayun Temple is a Royal Temple of Mengwi Empire and it is located in Mengwi Village, Mengwi sub district. Located at Badung regency and about 18 Km north side of Denpasar town. It is strategically located beside of major roadway between Denpasar to Singaraja. It is set on the land which is surrounded by the big fish pond and look like a drift on the water. There’s a beautiful temple building with multi story roof which carries the Balinese Traditional Architecture.

The entrance to the park. The gate looks quite standard in Bali where the architecture is retain since the ancient time. Till to date, you can see this gate design in most of the household around the city.

The entrance to the inner temple where is prohibited access. This is only for royalties and VIP access during religious ceremony. Visitors are allowed to see the inner temple at the side walk around the temple where you can see clearly the whole park.

The function of Taman Ayun Temple is a place to pray the god in their manifestation. It is according to the content of Babad Mengwi and the existence of temple building structure, especially the temple that is located in third area (Jeroan). According to Astadewata, the special God is worshiped in Taman Ayun Temple is the God in manifestation as a Wisnu God which his palace located in top of Mangu mount. In papyrus of Usana Bali mentioning that one of Dewa Catur Lokapalas carry through its worship is Meru Pucak Pangelengan that is a temple building with 9 multistoried roofs. Pitara God is a holy soul deity of ancestor who is also referred as the other names of Hyang Pitara or Dewa Hyang. Pitara God is obliged to be worshiped by clan heir (Prati Sentana) in the form of temple ceremony which the same meaning as by the ceremony to the god. The worshiping existence to Pitara God in Taman Ayun Temple can be searched and proved by pursuant to the existence of temple building which lay in by consecution in east which is called Paibon that is representing Special Temple. Taman Ayun Temple in capacities or its status as special altar for the King family of Mengwi Palace or as a Merajan Agung from Mengwi King Families specially for the founder of Mengwi Empire that is I Gusti Agung Putu.

The altar for ceremony

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3 Comments

  • May 3, 2012 - 12:17 am | Permalink

    Absolutely gorgeous pics! And definitely a reminder that I need to make a trip back to Bali again to recharge the tired soul:D

  • May 21, 2012 - 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Nice place and great photos ! love to be there again….

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