Over the slopes of Mount Lempuyang sits Pura Lempuyang Luhur or known as Lempuyang Temple. Pura Lempuyang is one of the eight temples around the island of Bali, where you can visit the famous Gates of Heaven and provides magnificent sunset views in the dusk as it is located high on the mountain slope.
There are two segments to the temples, a lower and an upper level. The top-level is worth climbing up. You will find a seemingly endless staircase, which is undoubtedly a temple having a fantastic view. The view out of the temple is beautiful, and you will see a remarkable view of Mount Agung. There is a lovely forest around the temple known as the island of Bali’s lungs.
You must pass the street and climb to reach the temple Lempuyang. You have to climb over 1.500 steps to reach the main temple. The panorama along the way to the temple is gorgeous, and tourists get to enjoy the refreshing fresh air of the forest. A unique fact is that one does not feel the clothes getting wet even when you pass through the clouds around you.
Other Special Things of Pura Luhur Lempuyang
Besides the famed Gates of Heaven in Bali, Pura Luhur Lempuyang presents another unusual puzzle. A Pelinggih named Tirta Pingit (Secret) is situated between the clumps of bamboo that grow at the top of Pura Luhur Lempuyang. There are three groves of bamboo that grow in this place. From the cluster of bamboo, the Pemangku (Priest) of Pura Tirta Lempuyang Luhur gets Tirta (Holy Water). Then gives it into Pemedek (people who perform the ceremony or prayer) in addition to tourists who pray.
To find the holy water or Tirta, the priest (Pemangku) will reduce on a piece of bamboo and from inside the cut bamboo comes out the sacred water for Tirta. Strangely, the bamboo has never stopped growing, although it is cut often. It is possible to drink the water in the bamboo reeds. It seems so fresh, but you will only get a tiny bit when you pray.
Know More about Pura Lempuyang Temple Design
Lempuyang Temple or Pura Penataran Agung is situated on the slope of Mount Lempuyang 600 metres (2,000 ft) high above sea level. Mount Lempuyang is one of the most all-natural points in Bali.
The entire Lempuyang mountain has been divided, and the base of this mountain is known as Sang Ananta Bhoga, which corresponds to the mount of Brahma. The middle region of the hill is known as Sang Naga Basuki and resembles the mount of Vishnu, and the surface of the mountain is known as Sang Naga Taksaka. It is traditionally regarded as a mount of Shiva. The sacred-most point of Mount Lempuyang is the Pura Lempuyang Luhur, is constructed Pura Penataran Agung, or known as Pura Silawana Hyang Sar, is found in the middle area of the mountain. In contrast, at the base of the mountain, the Pura Dalem Dasar Lempuyang is constructed.
The temple compound has been broken up into three regions: the outer sanctum of the temple as known as Jaba Pisan or Nistaning Mandala, the middle sanctum as known as Jaba Tengah or Madya Mandala, and the inner primary sanctum as known as Jero or Utamaning Mandala.
The uppermost inner sanctum (Jero) is the holiest courtyard of the Balinese temple. The yard of Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang features many Meru towers along with Pelinggih shrines each devoted to various gods and neighbourhood deities. Several Padmasana shrines in the form of empty stone thrones, each has been dedicated to the god of the Hindu pantheon, for example, the Sang Hyang Widhi and the gods of the Trimurti.
Gates of Heaven Bali Opening Hours
Pura Lempuyang Temple is open for visitors every day from 09.00 AM to 06.00 PM, but for commemorating purpose, it’s available for 24 hours every day. The unique location and views of the temple are a highlight for your fit and prepared. The challenging climb with over 1.500 stairs will lead you to the temple almost 1.200 m above sea level. To most people that are into trekking and hiking this trip is an excellent blend of a mountain incredible views experience, and an ancient religious site’s visit.
Best time to visit with Pura Lempuyang Temple
Since the view is magnificent, the ideal time to visit the Pura Lempuyang Temple is during the day before sunset. Or as early as you can during the sunrise, so it’s possible to take images that are a lot better with less crowded even no crowd at all. Locations provide you with magnificent views of the temple, making this a very photogenic destination. Based on the sun’s place, the light is perfect for taking beautiful photographs.
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