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Place Category: Hindu Temples
Pura Lingsar Temple Bali
This large temple compound is the holiest in Lombok. Built in 1714 by King Anak Agung Ngurah, and nestled beautifully in the lush rice fields, it’s multi-denominational, with a temple for Balinese Hindus (Pura Gaduh) and one for followers of Lombok’s mystical take on Islam, the Wektu Telu religion.Pura Gaduh has four shrines: one orientated to Gunung Rinjani (seat of the gods on Lombok), one to Gunung Agung (seat of the gods in Bali) and a double shrine representing the union between the two islands.
The Wektu Telu temple is noted for its enclosed pond devoted to Lord Vishnu, and the holy eels, which can be enticed from their lair with hard-boiled eggs (available at stalls outside). It’s considered good luck to feed them. You will be expected to rent a sash and/or sarong (or bring your own) to enter the temple.Pura Lingsar is 9km northeast of Mandalika. Take a bemo from the Mandalika terminal to Narmada, and another to Lingsar. Ask to be dropped off near the entrance to the temple complex.
Visitors to Pura Lingsar are expected to wear a sash or sarong to enter the temple. If you forget, there will be vendors outside happy to rent you appropriate clothing. You can also explore the temple’s outer buildings without any special dress requirements. The northern, elevated part of the temple is the Hindu section, while the Wektu Telu worship in the southern section.
Pura Lingsar is famous for a pool of water in the Wektu Telu area, sacred to the deity Vishnu. This pool is home to a family of holy eels, who can be lured out of their hiding spots with hard-boiled eggs. You can purchase eggs from stalls outside the temple to feed the eels yourself.
In mid-December, Pura Lingsar hosts the temple festival of Perang Topat. During this festival, representatives of the Hindu and Wektu Telu communities put on an elaborate costumed parade and then square off for a wild mock battle in which the weapon of choice is ketupat balls of sticky rice wrapped in coconut leaves.