Explore The East Bali!!! Lempuyang Temple (Pura Luhur Lempuyang), also called ‘The Temple of Thousand Steps’ is located at the summit of Belibis Hill (Mount Lempuyang), 1.058 meters above the sea level, northeast of Mount Agung, Abang District, Karangasem Regency.
It is not documented when Lempuyang Temple was exactly built. Legends say that when mother earth was only 70 years old, the island of Bali was instable and earthquakes happened daily. The god Pacupati, who resides in Mount Sumeru saw this condition and asked his three children to stabilize Bali. He sent Hyang Gni Jaya, Hyang Putra Jaya and Dewi Danu to Bali to reside in three different places; Dewi Danu on Mount Batur, Hyang Putra Jaya on Mount Agung, and Hyang Gni Jaya in Lempuyang Luhur Temple. This legend reminds a little bit to the one we know from Mount Batur.
It’s not so easy to reach the place of the temple, because it is known that you have to climb 1700 steps to reach the temple. Some call this temple “The Temple of 1000 steps”. To visit the temple you have to pull out for about 2 hours.
Once you manage to come up, you will not regret all the efforts, because the temple is really nice and it has a great variety of interesting values of the Hindu religion.
The entire temple complex consists of seven temples of which the highest is at 1,058 meters high. For the visitors of the temple complex it is compulsory to wear a sarong. Down the hill you will find: the Pura Agung Lempuyang Tara Pena. This is the most beautiful temple to see. Only the left and right stairs may be used by visitors to the temple.
The locals strongly believe that besides maintaining respectful behaviour and speech, you shouldn’t complain on your way up – otherwise, you’ll never succeed reaching the main temple at the peak. Strong-willed pilgrims get to enjoy splendid panoramas of the eastern Bali mountain range and coastline step after steep step, surrounded by lush surroundings and fresh mountain air. The grey macaques here are not as curious and mischievous as their relatives in Uluwatu on the island’s southern coast, and it is always a rule of thumb to not have any loose gear or feed them.
After an approximate two-hour climb, the Lempuyang Temple at the peak welcomes weary pilgrims with a prize view and a calming place of respite. The temple itself is smaller compared to the Penataran Agung, but there is a more mystical feel about the setting and calmness. Prayers ensue with refreshing holy water from the priest that soothes body, mind and soul.