Rabu, 26 Juli 2017

Stunning Water Gardens: Tirta Gangga, the holy waters of the Ganges, in Bali!

 

One of the powerful kingdoms in Bali is Karangasem.  This kingdom was ruled by King Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem who built the famous Tirta Gangga water palace in the year 1948.

Tirta means holy water and gangga is taken from the name of India's holy river, the Ganges.This water palace was a place for the royal family to relax, welcome and entertain important guests of the surrounding kingdoms.



Today, the water gardens are open to the public.  Visitors can have a swim in the very refreshing spring water that comes up from the ground under a banyan tree.  This beautiful garden with is sprint water pools, is surrounded by charming views, and rice paddy fields.

Take notice of the park architecture.  It's a splendid blend of European, Chinese, and traditional Balinese styles.

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Rabu, 05 Juli 2017

Visitors Are Amazed By These Ancient Tomb Temples

It's a bit of a walk down many stairs, but when you get to the bottom, what you see is amazing: The Royal Tomb Temple of Gunung Kawi.

This photo shows the royal candi where devotees pay respect to King Udayana and his family.

King Udayana and his queen, Gunapriya Darmapatni had three sons:

Airlangga (enthroned in Java) , Marakata and Anakwungsu.

King Udayana was replaced by Marakata and Marakata was replaced by Anakwungsu.  A Royal family indeed.

A visit to this sprawling holy place is well worth it.  But be sure to take water, and a sarong because wearing one is required to visit the holy place.

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