Taman Ayun literally translates as ‘beautiful garden’ and is generally regarded as one of the most attractive temples of Bali. The Taman Ayun temple is situated in a beautiful park with trees and ponds, near the village of Mengwi in the south of Bali at about 8 km southwest of Ubud and 18 km northwest of Denpasar. Pura Taman Ayun was built in 1634 by the Raja of Mengwi, I Gusti Agung Putu. It is a socalled Pura Kawiten or family temple, a special temple where the deified ancestors of the Raja Dynasty of Mengwi and important gods of other temples are honored.
Petitenget Temple, referred to as ‘Pura Petitenget’ by locals, is a significant, centuries-old temple in Bali and one of the very few cultural landmarks at the island’s upscale beach resort area of Seminyak. Red bricks and sandstone make up most of the temple’s architecture, giving it an antique feel. Up the dragon staircase is the temple’s vast courtyard, where a dozen different shrines and small pavilions draped in typical Balinese chequered cloths create an eerie and hallowed sight. Petitenget forms one of the island’s Dang Kahyangan collection of sea temples that spiritually guard the island’s perimeters, initiated by the legendary Hindu priest Dang Hyang Nirartha on his historical mission from neighbouring island Java in the 16th century.
The Titi Banda Statue told stories about the Ramayana epic, namely the character Rama who built the Titi Banda Bridge in the middle of the sea with the help of monkey troops that would pick up Sita abducted in Lanka. Titi Banda told about Rama, as the main character who would pick up her wife from the hands of Ravana in Lanka. Rama accompanied by his monkey troops consisting of 18 heads, where five of whom were chief of the monkey. Statue of Rama became the main one in the middle of the building.
According to the legend, this sacred spring was created by God Indra during his battle with Mayadanawa, the evil. The nearby river has been poisoned by this evil and made hundreds of Indris troops sick. God Indra pierced the earth and creates a fountain of immortality to recover his troops. In the temple complex, you can see the statue of God Indra, very beautiful actually. Bathing in the main pool And for more than thousand years, Balinese people come to this place to bathe in the sacred waters for healing and to cleanse themselves spiritually.
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