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PURA MERU

"On June 22 we set foot on Lombok. In the new Lombok International Airport we were met by dozens of pushy taxi drivers who wanted to make an expensive ride to the capital Mataram, where we had a hotel for one night. No no, there would not be a local bus to Mataram, but suddenly he stood in front of us! For a Eurotje we could get in like that."


Pura Meru

          The Pura Meru is one of the largest Hindu temples in Lombok. It is the main temple of the Hindus and is located in West Cakranegara (pronounce: Sjakranegara). This is one of the suburbs of the capital Mataram. The temple was built in 1720 under the patronage of a Balinese prince, who wanted to strengthen the ties between the islands of Bali and Lombok. The architecture of the Peru Meru is very similar to the temples in Bali. The three towers symbolize the trinity Brahma, Vishnu and Siva. The temple is widely used at festivals and ceremonies.

On the outer courtyard you will find the hall with the wooden clappers and drums, which were used to call the faithful to come to the celebrations. Pura Meru is dedicated to the three gods, who form the holy trinity of Hinduism: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
In the inner courtyard you see the three towers, or "meru". The middle meru, with eleven floors, is dedicated to Shiva, the nine-storey merus is devoted to Vishnu and Brahma. The three Meru's also symbolize the largest volcanoes in Indonesia, Gunung Semeru (East Java), Gunung Agung and the Gunung Rinjani. In the courtyard you will find more than 30 other, smaller altars. These are dedicated to the many other Hindu gods.

 

Pura Meru is a lively temple, used daily by the faithful. Always show respect, especially at times when believers sacrifice incense, fruits and flowers. You also have to wear a sarong or headscarf. You can rent this at the entrance for little money. Especially during the celebration of the full moon in June it is very busy in the temple.
After seeing the peaceful surroundings of Pura Meru, the other side of the street is also interesting. Here you will find the cool calm of the Mayura Water Palace. In the middle of a wide artificial lake, a pavilion built in Balinese style floats, serving as a meeting place and court in the time of Balinese rule.After seeing the peaceful surroundings of Pura Meru, the other side of the street is also interesting. Here you will find the cool calm of the Mayura Water Palace. In the middle of a wide artificial lake, a pavilion built in Balinese style floats, serving as a meeting place and court in the time of Balinese rule.


Pura Meru


 

"The village was laid back. The beach was not touristy and you had a beach almost for yourself alone. The water was also crystal clear. In our favorite restaurant 'Sun Set' we have eaten delicious three days. Fresh fish and as a highlight for the first time in our lives: lobster! Another experience richer.
We wanted to rent a scooter, but we did not do this in the end. The scooter, which we would almost rent, did not have a license plate and was uninsured. There was a smell. Not done so. Swimming pool day.
Furthermore, we have ransacked the local supermarkets when it comes to the Magnum Gold. Which until recently was available for a bargain."

 

 

 


 

 

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