Lempuyang Temple Bali (Pura Luhur Lempuyang)
Lempuyang Temple Bali (Pura Luhur Lempuyang Bali), is also called ‘The Temple of Thousand Steps’ is located at the summit of Belibis Hill (Mount Lempuyang), 1.058 meters above sea level, northeast of Mount Agung, Abang District, Karangasem Regency and about a 2 ¾ hour drive from Kuta.
It is not documented when Lempuyang Temple was exactly built. Legends say that when mother earth was only 70 years old, the island of Bali was unstable and earthquakes happened daily. The god Pacupati, who resides in Mount Sumeru saw this condition and asked his three children to stabilize Bali. He sent Hyang Gni Jaya, Hyang Putra Jaya and Dewi Danu to Bali to reside in three different places; Dewi Danu on Mount Batur, Hyang Putra Jaya on Mount Agung, and Hyang Gni Jaya in Lempuyang Luhur Temple. This legend bears a resemblance to the one we know from Mount Batur.
There is one thing which you should be aware of if you decide to see Pura Luhur Lempuyang. It is not called ‘The Temple of Thousand Steps’ for no reason. If you would like to see the main temple of this complex, you have to climb about 1700 stairs to reach it. Six more temples along the way to Lempuyang Luhur Temple are begging for your attention.
Bali's 9 key directional temples are:
- Purah Besakih (Mother Temple), located on the western slopes of Gunung Agung in East Bali
- Pura Lempuyang (Lempuyang Temple), located on the slopes of Gunung Lempuyang, near Amlapura in East Balii
- Pura Luhur Batukaru (Batukaru Temple), located on the southern slopes of Gunung Batukaru in Central Bali
- Pura Luhur Uluwatu (Uluwatu Temple), located on the western end of the Bukit Peninsula
- Pura Ulun Danu Batur (Batur Temple), located at Kintamani in the Eastern Highlands
- Pura Goa Lawah (Bat Cave Temple), located on the main road near Padangbai in East Bali
- Pura Andakasa (Andakasa Temple), located on the summit of Mount Andakasa
- Pura Puncak Mangu (Puncak Mangu Temple), located on the top of Mount Catur, 2096 meter above the sea level
- Pura Pusering Jagat (Pusering Jagat Temple), located in the center of Bali, close to Gianyar city.
Additional Information 1: Lempuyang could be derived from the words Lampu, meaning lamp or light and the word hyang which means god. Finally Lempuyang means “the light of god”.
Others believe that the words come from a seasoning, used as medicine. It also can come from the words emong or empu which both mean guardian.
Additional Information 2: The main reason for the Balinese to make a pilgrimage to Lempuyang Temple is to get sacred holy water. This sacred holy water is obtained by cutting a yellow bamboo plant.
Additional Information 3: If you are able to manage all the stairs you will be rewarded with a stunning view