Meduwe Karang Temple


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Meduwe Karang Temple the “Temple of the Owner of the Land,” is about one km beyond the Kintamani turn off. This important district temple is dedicated to Ibu Pertiwi “Mother Earth”, worshiped to ensure successful fertilization of crops grown on dry, un-irrigated land such as coconuts, coffee, and corn. One of northern Bali’s largest temples, its terraced entrance recalls some of Europe’s stately baroque gardens. Steps lead past 34 stone figures from the Ramayana to a big, peaceful, nearly empty courtyard. More steps lead to an inner section containing a huge stone pyramid like base flanked by two bale reserved for offerings. The temple’s carvings show ghouls, noblemen, home scenes, soft porn, and a riot of leaves and tendrils.

One pedestal shows a horrifying rendition of Durga, another a large figure resembling Christ at the Last Supper. The center piece depicts a battle scene from the Ramayana. On the northern wall of the innermost shrine is a famous one-meter-high relief of a Dutch official riding a floral bicycle, a reproduction of a 1904 carving destroyed by an earthquake. The cyclist is W.O.J. Nieuwenkamp, a famous Dutch landscape and portrait artist who rode his bike around Bali in the early 1900s, painting as he went. During restoration the bicycle was born anew with lotus-flower spokes; even Nieuwenkamp’s sarong and the bush in the background feature floral patterns. Between his feet and the wheels is a rat and small dog; Nieuwenkamp’s initials and moustache, however, are gone. To view this wonderment, ask for the key, then leave your donation in the shop opposite.

How to get to Meduwe Karang Temple :
1. 20 minutes from Singaraja
2. 3 hours from Denpasar
3. 2 ½ hours from Tabanan

What you can see around Meduwe Karang Temple :
1. Beji Temple, some say this is the largest temple and Subak temple in North Bali. For local people this temple is known as Pura Subak; subak here refers to the organization for water supply or irrigation. Pura Subak is a holy place and here you can worship Dewi Sri the Goddess of rice and the symbol of prosperity.
2. Ponjok Batu Temple is a stone temple where all temple buildings are made from stone. This temple area own the wide area about 35 acre in form of black stones bank. The position of this temple is rather sticking out to the sea as a foreland or Ponjok. Base on the position and condition then this place is named by Ponjok Batu so that the temple is standing above foreland petrify and it is referred as Ponjok Batu Temple.
3. Lovina Beach (or often simply Lovina) is a coastal area on the northwestern side of the island of Bali, Indonesia. The coastal strip stretches from 5 Km west of the city of Singaraja to 15 Km west Singaraja is the seat of Buleleng regency. The Lovina area contains the small villages (from east to west) of Pemaron, Tukad Mungga, Anturan, Banyualit, Kalibukbuk, Kaliasem and Temukus. It is becoming more popular with tourists but remains far quieter than the tourist hotspots of the island’s south side.
4. Git-Git Waterfall, The path is lined with souvenir stalls, and persistent guides offer their services, which you have no need for at all. The 40 meters waterfall is quite pretty, and a great place for a picnic.

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