Lempuyang Luhur Temple is a temple located in the eastern part of the Island of the Gods, precisely in the Karangasem Regency.
This temple began to be discussed 3 years ago when many posted photos when they were in a gate with the backdrop of the dashing Mount Agung. The gate is nicknamed “The Gate Of Heaven” or the gate of heaven.
Many tourists are amazed and amazed by the beauty of the largest and most important temple in Bali. Lempuyang Temple is located at an altitude of 1,175 meters above sea level. And to get to the photo spot that is currently viral, you have to climb quite a lot of steep stairs.
FYI, the location for taking pictures that is currently viral is called Penataran Agung Lempuyang Temple which is in the Mount Lempuyang area. Meanwhile, Lempuyang Luhur Temple is located at the top of a mountain.
The Origin of the Name of Lempuyang Temple
The existence of Lempuyang Temple is inseparable from history or legend, there are several versions of this. Let’s start with the origin of the name of this very interesting temple.
The word Lempuyang comes from the words “lempu” and “Hyang”. Lempu means light while Hyang is a designation for God. So that Lempuyang Temple means the bright light of God.
Because indeed Lempuyang Temple is located on the east of the island of Bali, which is the place where the sun rises.
Some say that the word Lempuyang comes from the type of plant used for cooking. The contents are the names of Banjar or Dusun around Lempuyang Temple.
In addition, some say that the word Lempuyang comes from the word “empu” which means to guard. This is based on a source who stated that Hyang Pasupati explained about the three protecting Bali Dwipa from all shocks and natural disasters.
History of Lempuyang Temple
If referring to Lontar Kutara Kanda Dewa Purana Bangsul, which states that Sang Hyang Parameswara or Sang Hyang Pasupati brought the mountains in Bali from Jambudwipa, namely India (Mount Mahameru).
The pieces of Mount Mahameru were then broken into three fairly large parts and several smaller pieces. Where the center becomes Mount Batur and Mount Rinjani.
Meanwhile, the peak of the mountain is Mount Agung, which is the highest mountain on the island of Bali. As for the small ones, it becomes a series of interconnected mountains. Like:
- canning mountain,
- Sangkur Peak,
- Rangda Hill,
- rate bang,
- field of Dawa,
- Tapsai, dan
- Mount Lempuyang itself.
In the Lontar it is also stated that Sang Hyang Parameswara or Hyang Pasupati assigned his son, Sang Hyang Agni Jaya Sakti, to come down to Bali to maintain the welfare of the island of Bali.
Sang Hyang Agni Jaya Sakti then took a palace at Pura Luhur Lempuyang along with several other gods who came down to Bali. So it is not surprising that Lempuyang Temple has become so important among Hindus.
Based on the Lontar Markandeya Purana, Lempuyang Temple was founded by Rsi Markandeya around the 8th century AD as a place of prayer as well as to spread Hinduism.
Lempuyang Temple is divided into three mandalas, namely:
- Lempuyang Sor,
- Lempuyang Madya, and
- Lempuyang Luhur.
Location and Address of Lempuyang Temple
The location of Lempuyang Temple is at the eastern tip of the island of Bali, precisely on the eastern slope of Mount Lempuyang. Meanwhile, the address for Lempuyang Temple is in Abang District, Karangasem Regency, Bali.
Route to Lempuyang Temple
How to get to Lempuyang Temple if you depart from Denpasar city by heading to Amlapura city which is the capital of Karangasem Regency.
Or you can go to Semarapura and take the direction to Besakih. Travel time is about 2 hours if departing from the city of Bali.
Currently, the car park will be diverted to the available parking location, then to go to Lempuyang Temple you have to use a shuttle bus. As for those who use motorbikes, they can continue to go to the location near the entrance counter.
After getting off the shuttle bus, you have to continue the journey on foot for about 5 to 10 minutes. Or you can also use the services of a motorcycle taxi, and pay around Rp. 5,000,-
Lempuyang Temple Opening Hours
The operating hours of Lempuyang Temple itself are open every Monday to Sunday for 24 hours non-stop. The best time to visit the temple is in the morning and evening, and when the weather is clear so you can take a perfect view of Mount Agung.
Lempuyang Temple Entrance Ticket
The entrance ticket to Lempuyang Temple is Rp. 50.000,- per person including the cloth that you must use when visiting Lempuyang Temple.
The cost of taking the shuttle bus is Rp. 50.000,- for a round trip.
Lempuyang Temple Facilities
Public facilities around Lempuyang Temple include:
- shuttle bus
- Food and beverage stalls
The Attraction of Lempuyang Temple
- Gates Of Heaven
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This is a visitor’s favorite when visiting Lempuyang Temple. Namely a gate with a stunning view of natural beauty coupled with the valor of Mount Agung.
Visitors can take pictures at the gate with the help of a local photographer, to produce very cool and eye-catching photos. With the beauty of the panorama it has, it is only natural that the gate is nicknamed the Gates Of Heaven.
But to get to the gate, you have to climb thousands of stairs first. Be careful when stepping, because the stairs are quite steep. These shots can be proof of your experience when visiting Lempuyang Temple.
Even though the temple is a place of worship for Hindus, those of you of other religions are allowed to visit the temple.
- Gelung Jaba Tengah Temple
The next attraction is a beautiful architectural display with many Balinese ornaments. The place of worship is on the inside. Located at the very top.
So to get to the area inside the temple, you have to go through stairs that are not much different from before. The difference is that the stairs consist of 3 pieces that lead to three doors.
At the beginning of the stairs flanked by a pair of statues of Naga Anantaboga and Basuki, as well as a row of Pandavas statues. This means that each level area has a different meaning.
- Lempuyang Luhur Temple
After visiting the Penataran Agung Lempuyang Temple, take the time to visit the Lempuyang Luhur Temple which is located at the top of the mountain. So you can be sure to get to the location you have to do trekking first
Trekking that is passed is by going through the path between the shady trees. The air feels very cool, make sure you use footwear that is not slippery and comfortable, okay?
Special Provisions When Visiting Lempuyang Temple
Lempuyang Temple is a sacred place for Hindus, so there are some rules or regulations when in the temple. These provisions include:
- It is forbidden to wear revealing clothes.
- Every visitor who comes must use the cloth given when buying a ticket.
- Do not kiss or do other indecent things.
- It is forbidden to use images using drones.
- For women who are menstruating or menstruating, it is forbidden to enter the temple area.
- Some of these provisions are displayed when in the Lempuyang Temple area.