Lombok, Cakranegara, Mayura Waterpalace

Written by on June 11, 2012 in Bali Temple with 0 Comments

Lombok, Cakranegara, Mayura Waterpalace


The Mayura Waterpalace is located in the center of Cakranegara. As the name suspects, it’s a palace, built in 1744 for the Balinese royal court, and placed around a big square basin. Mayura was the location of an important battle between the Dutch and Balinese, which were supported by the Sasak. After the Dutch invasion of Lombok in 1894, the Dutch army had made a camp near Mayura, which proved to be a strategic disaster. The Balinese – which had guns – went to the fence and shot the defenders one by one. Several cannons – besides Balinese statues – are witnesses of the end. In the middle of the basin is a big and open pavilion, which can be reached over a raised path. The court of law with meeting room is a quiet place besides the crowded main street of Cakranegara. The youth from the city goes here for a swim and some fishing.

One of the shrines east of the basin overlooks the water and is surrounded by West-Indian jasmine and colorful croutons. The full moon of Prunama Keempat, the fourth month of the Balinese calendar, is the date of the most important ceremony of Mayura. When you want to visit the shrines, you need to wear a sarung (cloth).

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