taman ayun Temple
Taman ayun temple ( The Royal family temple) is a beautifull appointed temple, with its surrounding moat at Mengwi. This temple located 18 km west of Denpasar. The history of Taman Ayun temple, is closely associated with the beginning of Mengwi Kingdom. The temple was built in 1634 AD, by the first King of Mengwi “I Gusti Agung Ngurah Made Agung“, or known as” Ida Cokorda Sakti Belambangan.”
Taman Ayun temple is place to worship the Royal ancestors, who find their rest in a special shrine called by “Gedong Paibon”. Apart from the “Gedong Paibon” dedicated to one ancestor, in the middle courtyard are other shrines dedicated to the various main temples of Bali. These shrine were built by King to ensure that his Kingdom and people would be able toshare in the prosperity & pertility of the nation and also to enable all people at Mengwi to conduct the rligious ceremony such as “mengajar-ajar” memendak Sang Hyang Pitara” and also request the holy water to protect the rice fields from pestilence. The extensive temple grounds Taman Ayun temple also function as a resting place for Royal Family. Built on 4 heetares of land, the temple is surrounded by a large most, which used to be full of Lotus and lily flowers of all colours, and around the edges of the moat can be found frangipani, cempaka, & other perfumed flowering trees, as weel as durian, mango, mangostein and rambutan fruit trees.
Taman Ayun temple, has always been strongly influenced by the condition of Mengwi Kingdom. In 1980 was a war between the King of Mengwi and the King of Badung, and the 10th King of Mengwi lost the battle, and had to restreat to escape with life into the bordering eastern district. During the rule of the victorious King of Badung the temple was never looked after properly,and the buildings of the temple deteriorated due to lack of care. In 1911 AD, part of the Royal Family of Mengwi Kingdom returned to their family seat at Mengwi . after that Taman Ayun temple was restored, but in January 1917 AD a violent earth-guake demaged many buildings of the Taman Ayun temple. Repairs have been done in stages to return the temple to its original condition.
But now Taman Ayun temple is icon of tourism in Badung Regency and always busy by visitors.
Palces of interest nearby:
|Ubud Palace||Bali Bird Park||Tanah Lot|