After our stop at Krishna Bali for some souvenir shopping in the morning, we headed off to a Royal temple called Mengwi Pura Taman Ayun, located in Mengwi Village of Badung District, approximately 8km southwest from Ubud and 18km Northwest from Denpasar. Pura Taman Ayun is also known as the “Garden Temple in the Water”. It was built in 1634, by the King of Mengwi (I Gusti Agung Putu,) as a purpose to worship his ancestors. The temple had undergone some major restoration works between 1937 – 1976.
“Vishnu is the Supreme God of Vaishnavism, one of the three main sects of Hinduism. It describes Vishnu as the all-pervading essence of all beings, the master of—and beyond—the past, present and future, the creator and destroyer of all existences, one who supports, preserves, sustains and governs the universe and originates and develops all elements within.
In Hindu sacred texts, Vishnu is usually described as having the divine blue color of water-filled clouds and as having four arms. He is depicted as holding a padma (lotus flower) in the lower left hand, a unique type of mace used in warfare known as a Kaumodaki gada in the lower right hand, aPanchajanya shankha (conch) in the upper left hand and a discus weapon Sudarshana Chakra in the upper right hand.”
Surrounded by trees and beautiful lotus ponds, the air was definitely refreshing and scenery was really calming and peaceful. There were few gardens inside the temple as well.
Some buildings are quite unique due to their multi-layered roof. According to a Balinese friend, when it is just a single building, it will be called as a “Meru”, and when they are in a whole complex of the building & other buildings, it is called a “Pura”. The name of the building will be differentiated by the number of it’s “Tumpeng” (also known as cone roof), therefore the building will be called a “Meru Tumpeng Solas” where Solas means 11.
It’s really a new experience to be able to see their unique Pura and statues of the Gods. Not to miss their beautiful lotus ponds around the temple.