A trek to Pura Taman Ayun; a temple of worship

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Tura Taman Ayun is a compound of Balinese temple and garden with water features located in Mengwi subdistrict in Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia (wikipedia) .

Taman Ayun literally translates as ‘beautiful garden’ and is generally regarded as one of the most attractive temples of Bali. The Taman Ayun temple is situated in a beautiful park with trees and ponds, near the village of Mengwi in the south of Bali at about 8 km southwest of Ubud and 18 km northwest of Denpasar.

A stunningly beautiful garden surrounded by an energy that brought me into a place of complete surrender, as feeling washed over me that allowed me to sink into the moment and just be with the beauty and nature of this stunning Oasis.  Whenever I come upon such a place I am wildly capturing images of all that is is hoping to share a piece of what I am witnessing, what I feeling with each of you.  Although the photographs cannot convey the feeling attached to these images, I am in hope that through the words I type you can grasp a little bit of the felt sense.  As I journey along, I notice everyone is so desperately trying to capture the moment that sometimes the actual moment can be missed.  I noticed this in myself and came to an agreement that when I find something beautiful that I want to capture and share that I capture it, put my camera away and simply enjoy this very moment; creating memories inside my mind that will be with me forever.

Shannon Amos and I walked through the gardens sharing our personal stories with one another, deep, connected interaction of our lives and what brought each one of us on this journey of life, this journey of introspection, this journey of stepping a little closer to who we are and what we are meant to accomplish in this lifetime. (insert video)

The Taman Ayun temple is boardered by broad canals and it can only be entered via a bridge leading to a richly ornamented candid bentar, the gate which gives access to the outer courtyard (jaba) of the temple.

From this candi bentar a straight, paved footpath leads through the well maintained park past a square pond with a fountain exactly in its center. This fountain has nine water jets, four of which are positioned according the cardinal points, another four according the sub-cardinal points and the ninth in the center, symbolizing the Dewa Nawa Sanga, the nine main gods of Balinese Hinduism.

The footpath leads on to a second candi bentar which gives access to the jaba tengah, the more elevated, second courtyard of the temple. Inside the jaba tengah one finds the walled jaba jero, the third and most holy courtyard of the temple in which the most important shrines are located, among others a number of five, seven, nine and eleven tierd meru’s.

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We were fortunate enough be in the right place at the right time, serendipity perhaps, or was it mean to be?  Was there a reason I was put at this heart opening temple at the very same time a religious ceremony was being performed with a front row seat?  I will go on believing that everything happens for a reason and that people, situations and experiences are put on my path for a very specific reason and this was nothing short of that very concept.  Allowing me to witness the prayers, the deep devotion, the ritual, the ceremony of these Balinese people who worship and pray each and every day thanking the supreme being, the universe for all they they are and all that they have been given; its a humbling experience to see such gratitude and devotion.


The jaba jero is only accessible during important religious ceremonies, such as the odalan – the day on which the inauguration of the temple is commemorated. (https://www.wonderfulbali.com/taman-ayun-temple/)

In deep gratitude for yet another enlightening experience put forth on my path!

 

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