Somewhere in Bali called Tirta Gangga found a beautiful pond and sclupture scenary. It said that in ancient times Karangasem king who built this beautiful place and maintained for generations. Minds me that there was a king who really loved art and natural beauty. nearly 70% of the land is left naturally. This remaind us to follow and carry out on the modern world development.
Tirta Gangga literally means water from the Ganges and it is a site of some reverence for Balinese Hindu. Strictly, the name refers to the water palace built-in 1948 by the King of Karangasem, Anak Agung Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem. It is, however, widely visited this palace.
The primary draw in this area for visitors is the Tirta Gangga water palace, a maze of pools and fountains surrounded by a lush garden and stone carvings and statues. The one hectare complex built in 1946 by the late King of Karangsem but destroyed almost entirely by eruption of nearby Mount Agung in 1963. It has been lovingly re-built and restored and has an air of authentic royal magnificence. The centrepiece of the palace is an eleven tiered fountain and there are many beautiful carvings and statues adorning the gardens. The area around Tirta Gangga noted for its rice paddy terraces. Lempuyang Temple (Pura Lempuyang Luhur) lies about 10 km east of Tirtagangga on the slopes of Mount Lempuyang and is one of the key nine directional temples on the island. Taman Ujung is also south-east of Karangasem and is another water palace built by the predecessor of the King who constructed Tirta Gangga. Taman Ujung built in 1909 as a relaxation and recreation palace by the then King of Karangasem, I Gusti Bagus Jelantik. It was largely destroyed by the eruption of Mount Agung in 1963, damaged again by an earthquake in 1979 and has not been restored on the same scale as Tirta Gangga. (Source : Wikipedia)
Article and Photos By : Ketut Rudi Utama