Temples are common parts of local life in Bali, but some temples have special significance. Lempuyang Temple Bali is thought to be the oldest temple in the island and respected deeply by locals. The looming presence of Mount Agung in the backgroundgives a more sacred vibe to Lempuyang Temple.
The History of Lempuyang Temple
Lempuyang Temple is one of the oldest and most sacred temples in Bali. While the actual building was built in 1950, the original worship site has been there since centuries before. The name “Lempuyang” came from the words “lampu” (light) and “Hyang” (title for god). However, others think that it came from lempuyang, a type of cooking and healing herb.
Lempuyang Temple also appears in old manuscripts. The manuscripts describe Mount Lempuyang as one of the sacred mountains that symbolize the gods’ protective power. Hindu Balinese come from all areas to worship and conduct sacred ceremonies. Many public officials visit the temple before they start the term, in search for blessing and guidance.
Journey to Lempuyang Temple
Lempuyang Temple is located on the high peak of Mount Lempuyang, about 1,175 meters above the sea level. The temple consists of three “mandalas”, and visitors need to climb more than 1,700 steps to reach them. During the climb, you will see several small temples, beautiful view, and wild monkeys.
Lempuyang has a main temple at the highest spot, which requires you to climb additional stairs that consist of three wide rows. Once you arrive at the highest spot, you can see Mount Agung and the lush valleys that surround it. Lempuyang Temple is 19 km away from the eruption zone, so you are still in a safe distance to see small volcanic activities.
The trip to the main temple lasts for about two hours, depending on your stamina and rest frequencies. Some tourists actually stop at Penataran Temple, which is located 600 meters above the sea level.
Tips to Visit Lempuyang Temple
Despite its popularity, Lempuyang Temple is still a sacred religious site. Its challenging route may also present challenges for unprepared travelers. Here are several tips to make your trip to Lempuyang Temple smoother:
- Leave early
The best time to visit Lempuyang Temple is early morning, around 05.00. The sky is still clear, and the view is amazing.
- Wear covering but comfortable clothes
Make sure your clothes are modest enough to visit a temple. T-shirt and pants are acceptable. Avoid tube tops, bikini tops, shorts, and flip-flops. Make sure the clothes are made of comfortable fabric.
- Beware the monkeys
The wild monkeys around the stairs are less aggressive than their brethren in Kintamani and Ubud. However, you still need to avoid wearing or carrying loose objects, because they may snatch them.
Locals will also advise you to climb “with a clear mind and intention”. They believe that complaining will prevent you from reaching the highest spot. Try to make this journey as a personal challenge for your spiritual mind.
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