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Water Palace Mayura

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Mayura water Palace is located in the centre of business life in the area Cakranegara. Its strategic location and historical importance make it a popular tourist destination, both local and foreign. In a time when it was ruled by the Balinese princes, Mayura was the administrative and political center of the island of Lombok. It is a quiet place is the complete opposite of the bustling main street Cakranegara and is a fine example of traditional Balinese architecture.

The Palace was built in 1744 for the Balinese Royal court, is set around a large square pool surrounded by a garden and enclosed by a low stone wall, decorated with intricate carvings with images of animals. The location of the Palace pool is intended to emphasize the beauty of the Park. At its center is open on one side, the pavilion, which is accessed via a specially constructed bridge. In former times there was a court hall. The original structure is called the Ball Kambang (in local language means "small Islands"), its location in the middle of the pool resembles a small island in the ocean. This pavilion is a little different, located in Klungkung on Bali, but much smaller in size and not so richly decorated. Say that such floating pavilions were established on a case of persecution during the Dutch colonial era. Over the water also towering sculpture of a peacock, and the statue of the inhabitants of Western Asia. They were installed in gratitude the king to his friend the Governor of Pakistan for his proposal to get rid of the snakes with peacocks. In the Palace complex there's a lot of mangosteen trees that create cool shade in the Park.

The word "Mayura" has a Sanskrit origin and means "peacock". They say that during the reign of king Anak Agung Ngurah Rai of Karangasem, the Palace garden was inhabited by many snakes, which created a lot of inconvenience, so the king decided to ask for help from his best friend, the ruler of Pakistan in fighting with them. So were in the garden of the peacocks.

In 1894, when the Balinese and Dutch colonizers fought for control of Lombok, mayura Water Palace was the site of some of the fiercest fighting. The Dutch army is camped out near the Palace, which became a serious strategic miscalculation: the Balinese, armed with rifles, shot from the walls of the Palace, all of the enemy army. A few old Dutch cannons and Balinese statues still keep the memory of those events.

Two steps from the Palace, Mayura is the largest Balinese temple. It was built in 1720 and is still used by Hindu believers for religious holidays every full moon and on special occasions. One of the most important ceremonies is the celebration of the full moon Proname Cimpat, the fourth month of the Balinese calendar. The sanctuary is open for tourists wishing to visit must wear a sarong. If you believe the keepers of the Park, his spirit dwells in this temple.