Mayura Park

mayura1.jpgThe Mayura Park is what remains of the once existing Karang Asam kingdom of Bali whose King A.A. Ngurah built it in 1744. In the middle of a large pond is a structure called “ Balai Kambang “ which at the time functioned as a legal court of justice as well as a hall for important meetings. Curiously, its architecture shows both Hindu as well as Islamic influence, whereas around the place statues made of stone are found in the form of a Moslem hajji. The palace was built in the centre of Cakranegara to serve Balinese court. The full moon of the fourth month of the Balinese calendar, is the date of Mayura’s most important ceremony.

Balinese conquest of Lombok resulted in bringing strong Hindu influences on the lives of the indigenous people of Lombok. Temples were built dedicated to Hindu pantheons and some of them till this day are revered and visited. Lombok can be described as paradise in miniature, the calm sea, diverse flora and fauna and a tranquil way of life made this paradise favorite of Balinese kings too. They built palaces where much of fun, frolic and work was done, the ruins of such palaces still allow one to get a glimpse of royal life. Before Lombok was colonized by the Dutch the island was part of Karangasem Kingdom of Eastern Bali. It was the most powerful Balinese kingdom in the eighteenth century.

The kingdom’s last raja was very fond of water and has several fountains, moats and pools created. In Lombok, Taman Mayura Palace is one such remnant of the Balinese royal palace. Reaching it is only 1.5 hours from Villa Atas Ombak.

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