Lempuyang Luhur Temple
Lempuyang Temple is located at the top of Bukit Bisbis or Mount Lempuyang, Karangasem. This temple is one of the oldest temples in Bali. Some even predict that there is already in pre-Hindu-Buddhist era, which was originally a sacred building made of stone. Pura Lempuyang is a place of worship for one of the 9 aspects of Shiva that is known as God Iswara and also worship for Hyang Gni Jaya.
The origin of the word Lempuyang derived from the word “lampu” means light and “hyang” is a word to call God, like Hyang Widhi. From that word, Lempuyang or Lampuyang interpreted the holy light of God who was brightly lit.
Pura Lempuyang has an important status, just like Pura Besakih. Both in the Hindu concept known as Padma Bhuwana, Catur Loka Pala or Dewata Nawa Sanga (9 aspects of Shiva God). In various sources of ejection or ancient inscriptions, there are three great temples that are often called besides Besakih and Ulun Danu Batur namely Pura Lempuyang.
Lempuyang Luhur Temple there is a holy water in the bamboo tree that grows in the area of Pura Luhur Lempuyang. When Hindus ask for the holy water, the masters of the temple after performing the excuse ritual, will cut a bamboo tree. The holy water / tirta from the bamboo tree was brought home for various Hindu ceremonies in Bali, except the manusa yadnya (cremation).