Pura Lempuyang, Bali

Pura Lempuyang, Bali

Lempuyang Temple, locally referred to as Pura Lempuyang Luhur, is one of Bali’s oldest and most highly regarded temples, on par with Besakih the ‘mother temple’ of Bali. It is also believed to predate the majority of Hindu temples on the island. Definitely a highlight on any travel itinerary for the fit and adventurous, the main temple lies at 1,175m above sea level, up on the peak of the namesake Mount Lempuyang in East Bali.The heights are reachable via a steep staircase of over 1,700 steps, with attractions along the way including several other temples and hordes of grey long-tailed macaques that inhabit the surrounding cool mountain forests.

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Lempuyang Luhur Temple also known as “The Gate to Heaven” must be Bali’s most unique Temple. It is not only one of Indonesia’s oldest and highest but features a perfect view on the famous, recently erupted Mount Agung. But what am I saying. You have almost definitely already seen the stunning pictures on social media. So what is holding you up? The 2.5 h journey from Ubud? The dangerous night drive up the mountain? All that for a pretty sunrise and a rock?

Well let me tell you, you don’t have to get up at 3 AM and risk your life driving sleep deprived through Bali. There is an easier way. Let me guide you to the prettiest sunrise you will see this year.

Being on Bali the second time this year I knew I had to finally check Lempuyang of my Bali-Bucketlist. But after some quick research, I knew that driving for 150 minutes in the middle of the night is out of the question for me. Not on my own or on someone else back.

Now, I happened to hear that only a couple kilometers from Lempuyang, awaits another temple called Tirta Gangga (entrance fee 30.000 IDR). A beautiful garden, famous for its picturesque Koi ponds. There are plenty of Homestays around this area which offers the perfect base to explore the “Gates of Heaven” in the morning.

Water ponds at Tirta Gangga

I quickly reserved my stay, rented a scooter and left Ubud in the early afternoon. After a pleasant 2 hour drive and a lunch break at the Rice Terraces, I checked in at Dhangin Taman Homestay. I can absolutely recommend this place to everyone! D is located right next to the Water temple. You can literally watch the ponds from your breakfast table.

The rooms are very basic but clean and for a rate of 150.000 IDR (including breakfast) a good value.

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Driving through the village, towards Mount Agung on a scooter.

Now the hard part. Getting to bed early and setting the alarm on 5 AM. 5.10 AM. 5.20 AM. Leave 5.30 AM. Driving up the empty road for 30 painstaking minutes. Especially the last 10 minutes are very dangerous and I advise you to drive extremely careful.

When I arrived at the car park around 6 am it was still dark but many shops were already opened and locals were greeting me. Right at the parking lot, you will be asked to pay a small donation to enter the temple. I recommend 10.000 to 30.000 IDR (the usual entrance rate for temples). At the same booth, you can also rent a Sarong for 10.000 IDR in case you didn't bring your own.

From there on the first and most photographed temple is only a short 5-minute walk uphill away. Most people don't know that Lempuyang actually consists of 7 different temples all spread out over Mount Lempuyang. If you feel adventurous you can hike up all the way up to the top temple - Pura Lempuyang Luhur, which is considered the most sacred place of worship. Just be aware that the roundtrip will take up to 4 hours in total.

Being a bit short on time I decided to settle at the first temple. Here I was able to sit down and slowly watch the first rays of sun shining on Mount Agung and coloring the whole sky pink.

Climb up the left or right staircase for an amazing panorama view - You won't be allowed to use middle staircase as it is considered holy.

The temple was almost empty from 6-6.30 AM but after the first daylight Lempuyang started to fill up quickly and you would have to wait in line to take a picture. If you are on your own and didn't bring a tripod, feel free to ask the temple staff to take a picture of you!

Depending on the conditions the best light is around 6.30 to 7 AM when the sun has risen enough to color the surrounding clouds in warm oranges and reds.

Have you been to Lempyang? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments!


Pura Lempuyang Temple History

The establishment of places of worship around Mount Lempuyang is believed to predate the majority of Hindu temples on the island of Bali. The temples of Mount Lempuyang, represented by Pura Lempuyang Luhur, the highest temple in the area, is grouped one complex of temple which represents the Pura Sad Kahyangan Luhur Lempuyang.

The temple groups are considered as part of the Sad Kahyangan Jagad, or the “six sanctuaries of the world”, the six holiest places of worship on Bali. According to Balinese beliefs, they are the pivotal points of the island and are meant to provide spiritual balance to Bali.

The temple groups of Mount Lempuyang is also one of the group of temples in Bali known as Pura Kahyangan Padma Bhuwana. Each of the temple in the Pura Kahyangan Padma Bhuwana marked each of the eight cardinal directions. Pura Lempuyang Luhur represents the direction of east (purwa) and the color white. This direction is associated with the domain of Balinese the god Iswara.


Lempuyang Temple with The Famous Gate of Heaven

One of the most picturesque, and spiritual places on the island, Lempuyang known as Gates Of Heaven is also probably the most instagrammable spot in Bali. Lempuyang means ‘The Lights of God’. A complex of seven temples, the most spectacular of which is Pura Agung Lempuyang Tara Penah, nestled on the hillside 11 km from Tirta Gangga. Here, the dazzling white split gate perfectly frames Mt Agung, and the temple guardians – three pairs of colossal sea serpents – border a trio of towering staircases.

One kilometer further on, a stairway of 1700 steps winds through the forest up to the temple of Lempuyang Luhur, 768 meters above sea level on the top of Belibis Hill. The climb takes about 2 hours. This is one of Bali’s oldest and most important temples and the intense spiritual energy of this place is almost tangible.

The major festival in Lempuyang Temple is held every 6 months on the Thursday after Galungan (every 210 days). It offers the perfect blend of nature and beautiful culture.

The History of Lempuyang Temple

How to get to Lempuyang Temple

Pura Lempuyang is not easily accessible, and parking is limited. The best way to get there is to hire a car and driver. If coming from Ubud or the beach towns on the south coast, budget one full day for this excursion, and consider pairing it with a visit to the nearby Tirta Gangga water gardens

Transport to Lempuyang Temple

If you are planning to visit Lempuyang Temple you have two options: either you rent a motorbike or take a guided tour. I will give you more details below.

Rent a motorbike
Renting a motorbike in Bali is easy. Just ask at your accommodation and they’ll most probably have motorbikes for rent. If not, ask at hotels or guesthouses nearby. The price to rent one motorbike for one day in Bali is around 50,000 – 70.000 IDR, depending on your negotiation skills.

Take a Guided Tour
For a hustle-free experience book online a guided tour.

East Bali Royal Heritage Discovery Day Tour

East Bali Royal Heritage Discovery Day Tour
Discover the real Bali in Karangasem, East Bali. Visit Lempuyang Temple with its famous Gate of Heaven, the split gate perfectly frame the Mt Agung. Explore Tirta Gangga, the Royal Water Garden of Karangasem Royal Family. Discover Taman Ujung, The Royal Heritage of Karangasem. Visit the Baliaga Village of Tenganan Pegringsingan which take you back in old-time and you won’t believe that there is still this traditional village in this Millennium era.

Another alternative is Renting a Car with a Driver. Renting a car is hassle-free and you can definitely share the costs with a few friends. Mini van rental rates for 5 people start from IDR 700,000 / 10 hours, including driver, petrol and parking fees.

Lempuyang Temple Entrance Fee and Opening Hours

While there is no fixed ticket for entry, you are expected to make some donation before you enter the temple premises. The temple is open 24 hours for worshippers.

How do you describe the Lempuyang Temple

The ‘Gates of Heaven’ is located in the very first temple and is a five-minute walk from the entry. From there, you can see an incredible panorama of Mount Agung and the forests surrounding the temple. The picturesque landscape that one can witness from here has made it very popular with tourists. In case there is a large crowd, you may even have to line up in order to get one of those iconic photographs at this spot!

Pura Lempuyang Luhur is a complex of temples that speckles a trail leading to the top of Mount Lempuyang, a holy mountain. A total of seven temples dot the mountain’s slopes. At the lowest temple, a fantastic “gateway to heaven” greets visitors. Looking through the gate on a clear day reveals Mount Agung framed within its sides. Beyond the gate, three beautiful dragon-lined staircases lead up to the lowest temple.

Adventurous (and reasonably fit) travelers may hike up to the top temple, which is a four hour round-trip in total. The heights are reachable via a steep staircase of over 1,700 steps. Along the way, visitors will pass six other temples and can see beautiful vistas and hordes of grey long-tailed macaques that inhabit the surrounding cool mountain forests before finally arriving at Pura Lempuyang Luhur.

What is the temple etiquette at Lempuyang Temple

Be respectful at all times. Wear a sarong while visiting this temple complex, and make sure bare knees and shoulders are not visible. This applies to both men and women. If observing a ceremony, take photographs from a respectful distance using your zoom lens.

What is the best time to visit Lempuyang Temple

The best time to visit is either at sunrise or sunset – some locals will tell you sunrise is best, and others will say sunset. If you are looking to avoid crowds, you can also visit in the wee hours of the morning, during sunrise. Having said that, be sure to plan ahead, as Lempuyang Temple is on the far eastern side of the island, about 2 hours drive from Ubud. So you will need to consider heading out from Ubud around 5am.

What attractions are near Lempuyang Temple

You can easily connect your trip to Lempuyang Temple with other stunning destinations –
Tirta Gangga, 19 minutes / 9.9km
Taman Ujung, 31 minutes / 15 km
Amed Beach, 28 minutes / 16 km
Tenganan Pegringsingan Traditional, Village 40 minutes / 20 km
Virgin Beach, 43 minutes / 22 km

While exploring Bali, make sure to visit some other serene & pleasant destinations. We have listed over 200 Beautiful Destinations in Bali to Discover. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments section below!

Due to its popularity, there are a lot of tourists here, so you will need to get in the queue to have that iconic photo taken at the gate. I absolutely recommend making the trip to Lempuyang to witness this incredible landmark and get your insta-worthy pics taken.


About Lempuyang Temple Bali

Pura Penataran agung lempuyang, Located in the slope on Lempuyang mountain in East Bali, Karangasem regency. This temple is one of the part of the temple complex around the Lempuyang mountain. Locally literate Pura Sad Khayangan, Mean six sanctuaries of the world, The six holiest places of worship on Bali.

The Temple History

The establishment of places of worship around Mount Lempuyang is believed to predate the majority of Hindu temples on the island of Bali. The pura (temple) of Mount Lempuyang, represented by Pura Lempuyang Luhur, The highest temple in the area, Is grouped one complex of pura which represents the Pura Sad Kahyangan Luhur Lempuyang.

The temple groups are considered as part of the Sad Kahyangan Jagad, or the “six sanctuaries of the world”, the six holiest places of worship on Bali. According to Balinese beliefs, They are the pivotal points of the island and are meant to provide spiritual balance to Bali. The temple groups of Mount Lempuyang is also one of the group of temples in Bali known as Pura Kahyangan Padma Bhuwana.

Each of the temple in the Pura Kahyangan Padma Bhuwana marked each of the eight cardinal directions. Pura Lempuyang Luhur represents the direction of east (purwa) and the color white. This direction is associated with the domain of Balinese the god Iswara. Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang was restored in 2001. Src: Wikipedia

Lempuyang Temple Bali Map and Location

Lempuyang Temple is located in the east part of Bali island, At Karangasem regency. There are many temples around the area since it is a temple complex. The Famous and most visited and known as Bali Gate of heaven is Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang.

How to get to Lempuyang Temple

To get to this temple is easy access by renting a scooter in Bali or hire a Bali driver for a day for the comfort trip, since the temple is located far in the eastern side of Bali if you are staying near Kuta, Seminyak or Nusa Dua. It may spend approximately 2 Hours to get to the temple.

Other wise, You may stay in the east of Bali like Candi dasa or Amed for a night to minimize your driving time. These area is the closest one to the Temple. The visit of Lempuyang temple from the east Bali is let you explore more attraction nearby, Such as Amed, Tulamben and candidasa. These beaches where is still natural and less crowded compare to Kuta/Seminyak Beach. These Beaches also popular and great spot for Snorkeling or scuba diving. To easily find accommodation nearby Lempuyang temple bali, You can Book the hotel listed in the map below:

Lempuyang temple Bali entrance fee and Opening Hours

To Visit Pura Lempuyang temple Or known The Bali Gate of Heaven, There is no fixed entrance fee or ticket collected, However, Visitor are provided donation box which mean the accept donation. The amount of donation is not specified. But, like the rest of the most temple in Bali require entrance fee from IDR. 50.000- 60.000 to enter. So the Donation fee you can put is as you pleased.

Lempuyang Temple Entrance FeeAmount/ Person
Donation RangeIDR. 10.000 – 50.000
Use of Sarong to enter the TempleIDR. 10.000

Temple Opening Hours is not specified, But it will be from the sunrise to sunset 05.30AM to 07.00 (Sunrise and sunset time may later or earlier 30 Minutes depending of the months of Visit)

The Famous Bali Gate of Heaven

Visiting Lempuyang temple is such a great sight seeing, You will exploring the unique temple with amazing surrounding and mountain view point due to located in a high hill. The most of travelers visit this temple is for taking picture with the temple entrance gate with Mt. Agung Background. The highest volcano in Bali which is recently erupted.

Beside of taking the scenic photography, You will also will see the temple architecture, You will not getting worry to stay longer. The fresh air with mountainous breezing will make you to enjoy the visit.

Bali Gate of heaven is located at Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang or Lempuyang Temple in East Bali. One of the Six Holiest and respected temple in Bali. The most Instagrammable places is Bali with Split gate and mt. Agung background

Ubud Bali To lempuyang Temple is About 2 Hours Drive (70 KM), While from Kuta, Nusa dua, Seminyak or Canggu Bali is located around 2,5 Hours drive (90 KM).

There is no public transportation to this temple, The best way is hire a car and driver in Bali to drive you to Lempuyang Temple. Or you can renting a scooter in Bali if you want more budget

The best time to arrive is early in the morning to avoid the crowd. This temple is getting popular and group of traveler may need long queue to capture them self with the famous Bali gate of heaven.

There is no Pool or water at Pura lempuyang, It is a photography trick using a mirror for making the water reflection.

Lempuyang Temple or Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang one of the most visited temple lately. Find out the travelers review here


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Now Lempuyang temple is known as the heaven gate temple and is the most popular tourist attraction in the world through Instagram social media. Tourists come here to take a photos with a panoramic back views of Mount Agung, even the guest are willing to come at early morning at 6.00 am to get good photos.

History

According to Hindus in Bali, the existence of Lempuyang temple is an important point of this island and intended to give a spiritual balance for Bali. Group of temple in Lempuyang is one of temple groups in Bali that is known by Padma Bhuwana’s heavenly temple. Every temple in the Padma Bhuwana’s heavenly temple marks each of the eight main cardinal directions. Lempuyang Luhur temple represents the direction of the eastern wind and the color white. This wind direction is linked to the realm of Balinese deities, Iswara.

Interesting places that you can visit in the eastern part of Bali

Tirta Gangga

Tirta Gangga is a former Royal Palace located in the eastern part of Bali island, around 30 minutes driver from heaven gate temple. Details ..

Taman Ujung Water Palace

A park located in Ujung countryside, Tumbu village wellknown as water palace in the Dutch colonial era. Read more..

Virgin beach

Located on jl. Bukit Asah, Bugbug village, Karangasem regency. Around 45 minutes – 1 hours drive to Lempuyang temple.


Pura Lempuyang

Every other tourist who has been to Bali dreams about a photo from the temple of Pura Lempuyang, where they stand in a carved gate against the background of the volcano Agung and below them the same view is “magically” reflected in a cleverly placed mirror. The mirror trend is not so old, but has already become commonplace.

In the courtyard of the Temple of Pura Penataran, there is a line of tourists eager to pose. The whole complex consists of 7 temples but generally tourists come only to the lower one. Don’t let that bother you- it is the most accessible and richly decorated temple.

Bottom to top are the temples of the Lempuyang complex.

1) Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang is the very one from the photos.

Pura Penataran during the holidays of Kuningan photo: Heidi Donat

2) Pura Telaga Mas - small and very modest

Pura Telaga Mas photo: liapicauly.

you can go left from there to the top.

6) Pura Pasar Agung Lempuyang is also a simple temple.

Pura Pasar Agung photo: liapicauly.

7) and the most important and highest Pura Lempuyang Luhur, located at an altitude of 1175 meters above sea level.

Pura Lempuyang Luhur photo: liapicauly.files

or you could turn right from Telag Mas and loop around…

3) Pura Telaga Sawang - the temple of holy water with a spring

Pura Telaga Sawang photo: liapicauly.

4) Pura Lempuyang Madya - a temple visited with prayers for a happy family life.

Pura Lempuyang Magya photo: liapicauly.file

5) Pura Puncak Bisbis - small temple more like a shrine.

Pura Punchak Bisbis photo: liapicauly.file.

and exit by 6) Pura Pasar Agung.

The route depends on how determined you are to weave along the mountain paths and in what physical condition you are. If you are well prepared, the short route through the temples 1,2,6,7 will take you about 2-4 hours. And after all the temples 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 it will take you about 4-6 hours.

The Balinese believe that the Lempuyang Temple is part of Sad Kahyangan Jagad, the six holiest places on the island that are key and provide spiritual balance to Bali.

The entire Lempuyang Mountain is divided into three sections, which is consistent with Bali cosmology. The base of the mountain is known as Sang Ananta Boga and connects the mountain with Brahma, the middle part is known as Sang Naga Basuki and connects the mountain with Vishnu, the upper part of the mountain is known as Sang Naga Taksaka and is dedicated to Shiva. The most sacred part is at the uppermost temple of Pura Lempuyang Luhur.

1) The first and lower temple of Pura Penataran was renovated in 2001. It is located at an altitude of about 600 meters above sea level. It is divided into three parts like any other Balinese temple. The outer part is jaba pisan, the middle part is jaba tengah, and the inner part is jero. The entrance to the outermost courtyard is marked by a white gate in the form of a split rock - Chandi Bentar. This is the gate where tourists like to take pictures.

In the yard there are several Balinese bale, a gazebo where the instruments of the gamelan orchestra are kept and a gazebo where the kulkul - a bell that performs ceremonial functions - is kept.

The entrance to the middle courtyard is marked by three portals of the Paduraxa. The portal on the left is for entry and the portal on the right is for exit. The central door is usually closed and only opens during major holidays such as the feast of the piodalan temple, celebrated twice a year. Now the middle courtyard is closed to tourists and only those who really come to pray can go there. But you can climb two impressive stairscases that lead up to the gates. The middle staircase is closed to the entrance.

the middle courtyard of the temple of Pura Penataran on feast days photo: Alain Secretan

interior courtyard of the temple of Pura Penataran during the feast days photo: Alain Secretan

It is believed that only through the middle gate sacred objects and offerings can be carried for a great feast.

All three staircases that lead to the portals are richly decorated with figures of naked snakes. They are inspired by the epics of Ramayan and Mahabharat and the naked snakes and figures of the Pandav brothers Arjuna, Bima and Yudhistira adorn the stairs.

The inner courtyard of the Jero is the most sacred space of the Balinese temple. There are several Meru towers and peling sanctuaries dedicated to different gods. There are also several padmasan sanctuaries in the form of empty stone thrones, each dedicated to the highest deity of the Balinese pantheon - Sang Hyang Vidhi Vasa and the trinity of gods - Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

The entire Lempuyang complex is usually bypassed by Balinese pilgrims. It is believed that the Balinese should climb here once every 10 years.

According to local beliefs, pilgrims with heavy hearts will never reach the top, so the road upwards has a spiritual meaning. It is believed that on the way up, in addition to being properly dressed and speaking modestly, you should not complain, otherwise you will not be able to climb.

There are grey macaques all along the road. The uppermost temple of Pura Luhur Lempuyang is much more modest in decoration than Pura Penataran. But the clouds that envelop it and the silence give it a mystical mood. It is believed that 1700 steps lead to it.

No one knows exactly when the temple was first built. According to chronicles, it could have been erected in the 10-11th centuries AD.

There are local Balinese legends about this place. One of them says that when the land was only 70 years old, the island of Bali was unstable and earthquakes occurred there all the time. Then the god Pacupati, who sits on Mount Semeru, asked his three sons to stabilize Bali. Devi Danu sat on Batur, Hyang Putra Jaya took Agung, and Hyang Gni Jaya sat on Mount Lempuyang.

In the middle of the last century, the temples of the Lempuyang complex were in very poor condition and the Balinese rebuilt them. So the buildings we see in this place are quite modern.

There are several translations of the name of Lempuyang Luhur Temple. According to one version it means “Celestial Dizziness” from “Luhur” - celestial, and “Lempuyang” - “vertigo”. According to another version the word lempuyang is composed of “lamp” - shining and “hyang” - “deified spirit of ancestors”.

If you want to climb to the uppermost temple of the complex, it is better to do it in the dry season, when the tracks are in good condition. Try to plan the ascent either in the morning, when it is still cool, or a little closer to the evening.

If you tell the gift booth that you are about to ascend to the upper temple, you may be allowed to ride the bike on the asphalt path to the Telagus Mas Temple.

If you are short of time, you are with children or elderly relatives, you can simply visit the Pura Penataran Temple and this will be enough to admire the Balinese temple architecture and beautiful views.

The temple is open from 8am to 5pm.

Entrance is only allowed with sarong and with shoulders closed. If you do not have a sarong, it can be rented at the entrance for only Rp 10,000. If there is a sarong and shoulders are closed, that will be enough. You don’t have to tie your belt.

There may be different people at the foot of the temple selling tickets to the temple for 100,000 rupiah. In reality, you can pay any amount as a donation will grant you entrance to the temple.

There are private charters near the Temple of the Penataran who can take you to the second Temple of Telag Mas for a small fee.

During the rainy season, take a raincoat with you, as there is a good chance it will rain.

On your way up, you will find small shops with food and drinks, so don’t worry about the water.


Visiting Lempuyang Luhur and Other Temples

We didn’t get a chance to visit all 7 temples, but we went to 2 more temples, Telaga Emas and Lempuyang Luhur. Here are the other temples to continue with your Lempuyang Temple journey.

  • Telaga Emas Temple (Temple 2)
  • Telaga Sawang Temple (Temple 3)
  • Lempuyang Madya Temple (Temple 4)
  • Pucak Bisbis (Temple 5)
  • Pasar Agung Temple (Temple 6)
  • Lempuyang Luhur Temple (Temple 7)

It’ll take over 3 hours to complete the circuit of the 7 temples. If you have knee problems, you may not want to visit the other temples as the stairs are steep and broken at various sections.

After exiting the “Gateway of Heaven,” you’ll walk up the mountain for 10 minutes to reach the second temple, Telaga Emas. It’s a pleasant walk up on a paved road and super quiet. We didn’t see other walkers going up the mountain during our visit. We felt a little underwhelmed visiting Telaga Emas as it is a small temple.

Motorbike taxis are available to reduce your walking time either going up or going down the mountain. You’ll need to pay an additional fee to use the motorbike.

The real fun is walking over 1440 steps to Lempuyang Luhur Temple, the last temple. It’s a thigh workout as the steps are steep! Just note that the stairs aren’t straight and often broken so take your time going up and down the hill.

You’ll pass by small shops selling drinks and even shy monkeys along the way. What a big difference compared to the vicious monkeys at Ubud Monkey Forest .

Once you reach the summit of the Lempuyang Luhur Temple, you’ll see a white temple with dragons in front. It’s like a smaller-scale version of the first temple, “Gateway to Heaven.” Although we couldn’t go inside due to prayers going on, it felt good to reach the top! Plus, we enjoyed the quietness in the area as there weren’t other visitors.

Quietness at Pura Lempuyang Luhur

Since we didn’t have time to go to the other temples, we went back down the same stairways and back to the parking lot to return our rented sarongs. Whew! What a workout. We hope to visit the other Lempuyang temples on a return trip.


Pura Lempuyang / Lempuyang Temple

Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang is a Balinese Hindu temple or pura located in the slope of Mount Lempuyang in Karangasem, Bali. Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang is considered as part of a complex of pura surrounding Mount Lempuyang, one of the highly regarded temples of Bali. The temples of Mount Lempuyang, represented by the highest pura at the peak of Mount Lempuyang, Pura Lempuyang Luhur, is one of the Sad Kahyangan Jagad, or the "six sanctuaries of the world", the six holiest places of worship on Bali.

The establishment of places of worship around Mount Lempuyang is believed to predate the majority of Hindu temples on the island of Bali.[1] The puras of Mount Lempuyang, represented by Pura Lempuyang Luhur, the highest temple in the area, is grouped one complex of pura which represents the Pura Sad Kahyangan Luhur Lempuyang. The temple groups are considered as part of the Sad Kahyangan Jagad, or the "six sanctuaries of the world", the six holiest places of worship on Bali. According to Balinese beliefs, they are the pivotal points of the island and are meant to provide spiritual balance to Bali.[2] The temple groups of Mount Lempuyang is also one of the group of temples in Bali known as Pura Kahyangan Padma Bhuwana. Each of the temple in the Pura Kahyangan Padma Bhuwana marked each of the eight cardinal directions. Pura Lempuyang Luhur represents the direction of east (purwa) and the color white. This direction is associated with the domain of Balinese the god Iswara.[3]


The temple compound is divided into three areas:

the outer sanctum of the temple (jaba pisan or nistaning mandala), the middle sanctum (Jaba Tengah or Madya Mandala), and the inner main sanctum (Jero or Utamaning Mandala). The entrance to the outer sanctum (jaba pisan) is marked with a white-painted Candi bentar split gate.

Several bale (Balinese pavilions) are located in the outer sanctum, one of them is the rectangular bale gong (” Gong Pavilion”) where the gamelans are stored. Another bale in this courtyard is the bale Kulkul where the percussive drum to call for prayer is placed. The entrance to the middle sanctum (Jaba Tengah) is marked with three white-painted paduraksa portals. The entrance to the left is used for entry, while the entrance to the right is used for exit.

The central door is usually closed and is only opened during the Pura’s main festival e.g. the biannual piodalan festival. The central portal is where sacred objects, heirloom, and offerings could pass during festival time. All three flight of stairs which lead to the paduraksa portals is flanked with mythical figures of Naga. Sculptures inspired by the epic of Ramayana, e.g. of Arjuna, Bima, and Yudhistira dots the landscape of the stair climb. On the uppermost level of these is the statue of Krishna, the worldly form of Vishnu. The uppermost inner sanctum (Jero) is the most sacred courtyard of the Balinese temple. The courtyard of Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang features several meru towers and pelinggih shrines each dedicated to different gods and local deities. Several padmasana shrines in the shape of empty stone thrones, each is dedicated to the highest god of Hindu pantheon e.g. the Sang Hyang Widhi and the gods of the Trimurti.

Lempuyang Temple Hike

Pura Lempuyang Luhur, the highest temple, is the crown jewel of the complex (and also its namesake). It sits atop the mountain’s peak, which is believed to be its most sacred spot. Those who want to climb to the top temple, the return trip will take at least three hours and you’ll climb more than 1,700 stairs.
You’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view from the peak of Mt. Lempuyang. However, it’s so much more than a pretty picture waiting to be taken. On your way there you’ll pass through small remote villages, seeing a side of Bali that you won’t experience in the crowded tourist areas, and at the temple, you’ll be one of only a handful of tourists, and treated like a local by the guides and priests.

Things to Know Before Visiting Lempuyang Temple

As we know when you visit of any temples in Bali, both men and women should wear a scarf, sash or sarong tied around the waist, and here are the important things you should to know before you go to Pura Lempuyang Temple


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