Gates of Heaven at Lempuyang Temple is one of the sought after stomping grounds for the visitors and the locals. The luscious natural terrain and the Spiritual aura of the spot impacts the soul and mind. Thanks to the Instagrammers’ making the park caught on by thousands at recent times. Lempuyang temple is seated in the East Coast of the highland of Mt. Lempuyang which is 1775ft above the sea level. They are recognized by various names as Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang, Pura Luhur Lempuyang, Lempuyang Luhur Temple. The Lempuyang temple is the one amidst the Sad Kahyangan Jagat that illustrates the Six Places of God in Sanskrit. It is said that locals reckon these six temples are the “Manifestation of God ”, and are cardinal points that bring in spiritual guard to the Island of Bali.
The Lempuyang Mountain is segmented into 3 sections where each depicts a god in congruence with Balinese ontology. The bottom chunk is the Mount of Brahma -Sang Ananta Bhoga, The middle is Mount Of Vishnu- Sang Naga Basuki, and the top part is Mount of Shiva – Sang Naga Taksaka. And in the solemn part of the hill is the Pura Lempuyang. To witness nature’s magnanimous view one should reach the peak of this cliff. The temple is built with architecturally significant structures of Naga in white, facing the east with three gates that stands high and majestic. The trek from the lower level to the gates is a climb of 1700 stair pieces and is the most retreating experience. Every step you take forward you are stuck with abundant flora and fauna of the terrain. Inhaling the bracing air while relishing the lively moments when clouds hit through, you feel as cloud nine rather actually you are !
After the long walk, the view of Bali Island from the gates is revitalizing and novel. The sight of Mount Agung (the highest active volcano) between the gates with its smoke touching the clouds, and what better backdrop and light that the sky and sun can make. Yes ! this thrive of vision and the range of forest woods leads us to say “Gates of Heaven” and are claimed as the lungs of the island. This picturesque is most attracted to the tourist for a perfect snap, Best minutes captured are when the sun peeps in and sneaks out.
The temple inside the gates is split into three parts Outer chancel- Jaba Pisan, Middle chancel- Jaba Tengah, Inner chancel- Jeron. The temple’s atmosphere is maintained highly sacred where frequent offerings to god and rituals are performed. One of the unique aspects are the bamboo clumps grown on top of Pura Luhur Lempuyang and the Tirta Pingit. These bamboos never stop growing though their trunks are cut to obtain Tirta for religious practices.
Lempuyang Temple is one of the venues to visit in a lifetime. If you are in the sands of Bali just grab a car to visit Gate of Heavens and remember to get a click with the pool effect nevertheless it’s a mirror trick. Spawn your memories, carry your snaps beholding them in your hearts.