Lempuyang Luhur is one of ancient temple in Bali, and is also a holy place for Hindus, the temple is located in the eastern part of the Bali Island precisely in Karangasem Regency. This temple is well known has a great split gate. It is often called as The Gateway to Heaven by the Foreign Tourist.
Pura Lempuyang is located on the slope to the top of Bukit Bisbis or Mount Lempuyang. Being on the top of a mountain must have an amazing view. Not only is it the oldest, it turns out that Pura Lempuyang is one of the three biggest temples in Bali besides Pura Besakih and Pura Ulun Danu Batur. Therefore, Pura Lempuyang became the target of tourist visits.
This temple which has ancient architecture is still very natural. Green moss attached to the rocks of this building also gives an exotic impression. The air was damp because the temple had to be reached through 1700 steps.
The History of Lempuyang Temple
Lempuyang Temple was built by Rsi Markandeya around the 8th century AD At that time Rsi Markandeya made a pesantrian (place of study) that was used for the purposes of worship and to spread Hindu teachings.
Around 1950 where the Lempuyang Luhur Temple was now established, initially there were only piles of stones and grand studios that made from living trees. In the east there is a large Sidhakarya tree that is now gone. Allegedly the tree fell or died slowly without a new generation replacing it. It was only in 1960 that two the twin Padmas were built, and a single piyasan building.
The Location of Luhur Lempuyang Temple
It is located at Tribuana Village, Abang District, Karangasem Regency. It takes about 2 hours and distance approximately 76 Km from Denpasar City.