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Taman Ayun Temple

Taman Ayun Temple

A Bathing Place of Heavenly Angels

Taman Ayun means beautiful garden, This temple is beautifully sorrounded by a vast pond. Allegedly, this pondwas frequently used for bathing, theu usually sailed by a small boat to rejoice. Taman Ayun Temple was built in the seventeenth century ( 1634 ) by the first king of Mengwi kingdom, Tjokorda Sakti Blambangan, helped by a ahinese architect. Establishment of the temple in bali were too far away to reach by the people of Mengwi. Location of the Taman Ayun Temple is in Mengwi, Badung Regency, approximately 18 kilometers north of kuta.

It was destroyed by the great earthquake occurring in 1917. Then, massive repair was implemented in 1937 and refurbishment was made in 1949 for the Kori Agung entrance, Split gates and set up a big wantilan hall. Split gates and monument of 16 meters high were estabilished in the middle courtyard of the temple designed in Javanese architectural style. Meanwhile, small shrines in the battlefield.

Taman Ayun temple measuring 100 x 250 square meters in divided into two zones, namely the outermost and innermost courtyard. The outermost courtyard lies outside the pond, while the innermost courtyard is divided again in three zones. Firstly, it is a courtyard used to unwind while enjoying the beauty of the temple. Secondly, it is a higher courtyard retaining nine reliefs of deities guarding every corner of the direction or balinese hindus call them Dewata Nawa Sanga. Thirdly, it is the highest courtyard located at the highest position and has door leaves located in the center and will only be opened during the ceremony as the access to carry the sanctified effigies and orther ceremonial paraphernalia. Meanwhile, two additional doors on the left and right side are used as the in and out access in daily activities. The main and sacred shrines are some temples and multi-tiered meru shrines used to venerate deities.