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Pura Meru

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Attractions Details

📌 Address

C46J+WHR, Jl. Selaparang, Cakranegara Tim., Kec. Cakranegara, Kota Mataram, Nusa Tenggara Bar. 83239, Indonesia

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

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"Be sure to visit Pura Meru around the time of the full moon when the temple comes to life with locals performing rituals and ceremonies; it's a cultural experience you won't find in the guidebooks. Also, walk around the temple's three courtyards before 10 AM when it's quieter and the light is perfect for photography."

What is Pura Meru?

Pura Meru is an exquisite Balinese Hindu temple located in Mataram, the capital of Lombok, Indonesia. It's the largest temple on the island and stands as a significant symbol of religious harmony, as Lombok is predominantly Muslim. As someone who's admired its architectural grace countless times, I can tell you its three-tiered shrines dedicated to the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva are a sight to behold, each tier representing the harmony between the underworld, the world of man, and the heavens. The temple's name, 'Meru,' refers to the sacred mountain considered the abode of the gods in Hindu cosmology.

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History of Pura Meru

The history of Pura Meru is as fascinating as its spiritual aura. Constructed in 1720 by King Anak Agung Made Karang, Pura Meru was built to symbolize the universe. It's a manifestation of Hindu beliefs intricately woven with Lombok's cultural fabric. Over the years, I've learned from elders that the temple was carefully designed to follow the principles of the ancient Hindu architectural text, the Sthapatya Veda. The 33 shrines within represent the 33 gods of the Hindu pantheon. Restorations have been undertaken to preserve its grandeur, but the soul of the temple remains untouched, encapsulating centuries of devotion and history.

Why is Pura Meru Important?

Pura Meru's importance lies in its role as a pillar of the Hindu community in Lombok. Have you ever wondered how a place becomes more than just a spot on the map? For the local Hindu population, Pura Meru is a central point of worship and a venue for major religious festivities like the ceremony of Pagerwesi, which marks the victory of good over evil. This temple isn't just important for religious reasons; it also stands as a testament to Lombok's cultural diversity and tolerance. People from different faiths live here in unity, and Pura Meru is a beautiful example of this peaceful coexistence.

Things to Do & See at Pura Meru

  • Explore the Architecture: Take your time to absorb the intricate carvings and detailed work on the temple's towers. Each shrine, wrapped in detailed symbolism and architectural prowess, tells a story of cosmic significance.
  • Join in the Celebrations: If you're here during a religious festival, it's a privilege to witness the lively ceremonies and processions. The temple comes alive with color, music, and dance—offering an insight into the local traditions and religious practices.
  • Relish the Serenity: Enjoy the tranquility of the temple grounds. The gardens within the complex are well-kept and offer a peaceful retreat from the city's hustle.
  • Photography: Photographers will find endless inspiration in the temple's design and the play of light and shadow throughout the day. It's an impeccable blend of natural beauty and man-made artistry.
  • Learn from the Locals: Often, you'll find devotees and priests within the temple. Engaging with them can offer deep insights into the temple’s rituals and the philosophies behind them—something you simply won't find in guidebooks.

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Whether you're seeking spiritual enrichment, cultural understanding, or architectural appreciation, Pura Meru is a place that transcends the typical tourist experience. It's a cornerstone of Lombok's heritage and a treasure that continues to spellbind those who wander through its sacred halls.

Frequently asked questions

What is Pura Meru?

Pura Meru is the largest and second most important Hindu temple in Lombok, Indonesia, dedicated to the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.

Where is Pura Meru located?

Pura Meru is located in the city of Mataram on the island of Lombok, which is part of the West Nusa Tenggara province in Indonesia.

What is the significance of Pura Meru in Lombok?

Pura Meru is significant as a place of worship and spiritual importance for the Hindu community in Lombok. It also stands as a symbol of religious harmony on the island, which is predominantly Muslim.

Can tourists visit Pura Meru, and what should they expect?

Yes, tourists can visit Pura Meru. They should expect to see a rich display of Balinese architecture and multiple shrines. Visitors are advised to dress modestly and follow local customs out of respect.

What are the best times to visit Pura Meru?

The best times to visit Pura Meru are early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the heat of the day. Additionally, visiting during Hindu festivals can be particularly captivating, as you may witness special ceremonies and offerings.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

C46J+WHR, Jl. Selaparang, Cakranegara Tim., Kec. Cakranegara, Kota Mataram, Nusa Tenggara Bar. 83239, Indonesia

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

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