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Pura Taman Saraswati

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The picturesque lotus-filled pond is the main drawcard for tourists at Pura Taman Saraswati, a stone’s throw back from Ubud’s main road, and it does indeed make a pretty backdrop for a selfie, but it’s worth getting a little closer to admire the impressive paduraksa entrance gate.

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The temple is dedicated to Dewi Saraswati, goddess of the arts and scholarship. Historically, she may have been a river goddess but has transformed to represent the more metaphorical creative flow. Saraswati Day is celebrated every 210 days according to the Balinese calendar when offerings are made to sacred texts and books are blessed.

Classic temple lines. Photo taken in or around Pura Taman Saraswati, Ubud, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Classic temple lines. Photo: Sally Arnold

Commissioned by Ubud’s Sukawati Royal family, the temple was built by renowned court undagi (architect), stone-carver and painter, I Gusti Nyoman Lempad (1862?—1978). The red brick gate features a riot of pale paras stone ornamentation, protected by a florid Bhoma head. Bhoma can be seen on many temples in Bali, symbolic of being halfway between earth and the Gods, a guardian, yet a representation of entering/transforming from one space ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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