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Tirta Gangga

  Karangasem, Bali - Indonesia

Tirta Gangga is a former royal palace about 5 kilometers from Karangasem near Abang in eastern Bali, Indonesia. The Karangasem royal water house, swimming baths, a Patirthan shrine, its cultural and religious importance, is named after the holy river Ganges in Hinduism. Located on the southeastern slope of Mount Agung, the highest mountain on the island, it was built in 1946 during the reign of Karangasem's late king, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem (1887-1966).

Owned and maintained by the royal Karangasem family, the lavish water gardens feature 1.2 hectares of pools, ponds, and fountains surrounded by neatly cut lawns that are adorned with stepping stones, ornate statues, and tropical gardens. It saw a series of restorations following the destructive hot showers of volcanic ash from the Mount Agung eruption in 1963.

Behind the first pond is the central towering fountain, again featuring guardian statues at its base. This 10-meter-high fountain has 11 tiers with a shape of a lotus at its tip. The spouting water splashes down the tiers creating a cool and soothing sight.The springs are located at a higher ground to the right of the entrance of the site, under a large banyan tree. The water is considered holy by the locals and is used during religious ceremonies, while also being a source of potable water for daily use.

At the lower level of the water source are 2 clear pools. One of them serves as a public wading pool and visitors are welcome to swim here. The pools have a design that harks back to the old days, consisting of sandstone and natural materials. Different floor depths enable all ages to enjoy the pools.

The grand pond on the complex's southern side is lined with large golden carp and other big fish, so swimming here is forbidden. There are two bridges linking the sides of the pond with legendary Balinese dragon sculptures on the sides of the pond.

Tirta Gangga is based on a belief in the Hinduism of Balinese, where the Ganges river and its waters are considered sacred. The waters are used for irrigation and surplus of agriculture, tourism, and economic activity as well as for religious purposes as these waters are considered sacred by the local population. A presence of a Patirthan temple signifies Tirta Gangga's historical significance as a pilgrimage and holy water site in the Balinese tradition.

Address : Jl. Raya Abang Amlapura, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia