Taman Ayun Temple, Bali

Taman Ayun Temple or Pura Taman Ayun Temple is a family temple of the royal family of Mengwi Empire.

Taman Ayun- The Royal Temple In Bali

 

Taman Ayun Temple, Bali

Taman Ayun Temple or Pura Taman Ayun Temple is a family temple of the royal family of Mengwi Empire. Even though it’s a private property of the Mengwi but it is also opened to all those who wish to worship and of course it’s one of the most visited tourist spots of Bali.

Taman Ayun Temple is located in Mengwi Village, Mengwi Subdistrict, Badung regency. It is present about 18km north side of Denpasar Tower. There are a total of six royal temples in Bali and Taman Ayun Temple holds an important position in them. It has a great history as well as a spiritual value among those six royal temples.

The names of the places always have a logical and beautiful meaning behind them. So, “Taman Ayun” means “Garden Temple in the Water”. The meaning of the name justifies itself as the temple is surrounded by ponds with fishes and lotus and there is a garden landscape presented by the temple.

Taman Ayun Temple is one of the greatest landmarks of Bali. It’s a beautiful architecture comprising of a garden view and pond with lotus makes it special in its way.

Temple History

Taman Ayun Temple or Pura Taman Ayun Temple is a family temple of the royal family of Mengwi Empire. Even though it’s a private property of the Mengwi but it is also opened to all those who wish to worship and of course it’s one of the most visited tourist spots of Bali.

Taman Ayun Temple is located in Mengwi Village, Mengwi Subdistrict, Badung regency. It is present about 18km north side of Denpasar Tower. There are a total of six royal temples in Bali and Taman Ayun Temple holds an important position in them. It has a great history as well as a spiritual value among those six royal temples. 

The names of the places always have a logical and beautiful meaning behind them. So, “Taman Ayun” means “Garden Temple in the Water”. The meaning of the name justifies itself as the temple is surrounded by ponds with fishes and lotus and there is a garden landscape presented by the temple.

Taman Ayun Temple is one of the greatest landmarks of Bali. It’s a beautiful architecture comprising of a garden view and pond with lotus makes it special in its way.

Key Attractions Of Taman Ayun Temple, Bali

The Temple 

Three main grounds of the tempe depicts three different worlds

The great Taman Ayun Temple is divided into four main sections. The first one is known as the “jaba”. This is the outer section of the temple. It has a single entrance which has a walkover bridge on the pond.

There is a small guardian shrine present in this section. There is also a communal gathering hall in this area known as “Wantilan”. Another eye-catching beauty of this section is a tall fountain that sprinkles water into different cardinal directions.

The second and third sections of the temple are slightly higher than the first one. Near the second gate of the section, there is a shelter known as Bale Pengubengan. The speciality of this area is the presence of the figures of the nine Hindu Gods that guards the nine points of the compass. This place is known as DEWATA NAWA SANGA.

In the east court, the Pura Dalem Bekak Temple is present. In the west court, there is an 8-metre high wooden bell tower known as Bale Kulkul. There are also two rectangular wooden bells hanging to the ceiling that makes it even more unique.

The fourth section the most sacred of them all. This section is known as UTAMA MANDALA. This section has many gates but usually, the only east gate remains open for the daily visitors. The central gate opens only during the ceremonies of the heirlooms.

The temple has three main grounds which depicts the different worlds. The lowest ground refers to the world of man, the middle ground refers to the Realm of the Gods and Deities and the topmost ground depicts the ultimate divine energy.

Looking into the facts about ‘Adhiparwa’, we get to know that the complex of the Taman Ayun Temple represents the Mount Mahameru. It is said that Mount Mahameru came out of the churning of the sea by Gods and Deities.

These vast ponds were ones the recreational areas for the royal families of the Mengwi. But presently the ponds are fenced and the entrance of the visitors is strictly prohibited to these areas.

The Taman Ayun temple anniversary coincides the anniversary of the cliff-perched Uluwatu Temple. It is celebrated on the 210 days of Balinese calendar. This day is known as ‘ Kliwon Medangsia’ Tuesday.

In the north of the temple, there is a bell tower and a lawn that presents a perfect site for the artists to trace the beauty of the temple and surrounding on the canvas.

The Temple 

There is also a Museum nearby the temple which showcases all the traditional Balinese art and the incredible landscapes painted over here.Taman Ayun Temple is located in Mengwi Village, Mengwi Subdistrict, Badung regency. It is present about 18km north side of Denpasar Tower.

There are a total of six royal temples in Bali and Taman Ayun Temple holds an important position in them. It has a great history as well as a spiritual value among those six royal temples.

The names of the places always have a logical and beautiful meaning behind them. So, “Taman Ayun” means “Garden Temple in the Water”. The meaning of the name justifies itself as the temple is surrounded by ponds with fishes and lotus and there is a garden landscape presented by the temple.

Taman Ayun Temple is one of the greatest landmarks of Bali. It’s a beautiful architecture comprising of a garden view and pond with lotus makes it special in its way.

Entrance Fee For Temple

The entrance fee of the temple is different for the civilians and the tourists. It costs around IDR 10,000 for the domestic visitors and 20,000 for the foreigners.

Taman Ayun Temple Opening Hours

The temple is opened from 9 am to 5 pm daily except NYEPI DAY in Bali. Nyepi day is known as ‘the Day of Silence’ in Balinese. It is a public holiday in Indonesia. People fast and meditate and hold silence for a complete day. No source of entertainment is allowed. No lighting fires, no working on the day and no travelling are allowed on that day. This day is taken as the day of self-reflection by the people.

Only policemen are seen on the roads patrolling to watch over that the prohibitions are being followed. Even airports are closed on this day. It is mainly for the Hindus. So, non-Hindu and tourists are exempted from the restrictions. They can do anything they want but inside their houses or hotel rooms only.

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09:00 AM to 05:00PM

How to reach

Taman Ayun Temple is located on the main roadway between Denpasar and Singaraja.

You have to travel for about one and a half hour if you are coming from Denpasar. And if you are coming from Ubud then you just have to travel 45 min to reach this temple.

As this area has no connectivity to public transport, so the best way to travel is by hiring a car or scooter. In this way, you can also explore the other places in northern Bali.

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