LINGSAR TEMPLE IN LOMBOK

Lingsar temple is Lombok’s most important religious site. This temple is considered to be a symbol of harmony between Hindu Bali Lombok and Islam Sasak Lombok.

Before entering this temple, you will pass a garden with twin pools inside which are filled with lotus. Lingsar temple consists of three main building — gaduh, kemaliq and pesiraman. Gaduh is a sacred place for Hindus. Inside, you can see four junctions that symbolize God who dwells in two mountains. The junction on the east side was built to worship God in Rinjani mountain. The junction on the west side was built to worship God in Agung mountain. Between those two junctions, there are two united pesinggahan (stopover) which symbolizes the combination between the junction in Rinjani and Agung mountain.

If you’re stepping down the stairs in front of gaduh, it will lead you to kemaliq door. This area is a sacred place according to Islam wetu teachings. But Hindu people are allowed to pray in this place. In kemaliq area, there is a small pond that tuna fish live in which are considered to be sacred. Allegedly, it is an incarnation of Datuk Milir’s stick, the king of Lombok island who meditated in this place to request rain. Hindu and Islam people in Wetu Telu believe that if you see this tuna fish, you will get lucky. For that, you can bring boiled eggs to feed them. In this small pond, you could also make a wish and throw a coin in the pool with the hope that your wish will come true.  

In the other side, which is only bordered by a wall, there are nine fountains which flow from the small pond. Four fountains in the Kemaliq area and five fountains in the Pesiraman area. This place is used to purify ourselves. The fountains are believed to heal many illnesses.

The temple was built in 1714 by Balinese Hindus when they first visited Lombok. However, Pura Lingsar is not a purely Hindu temple. It represents a blending of the Hindu tradition with Wektu Telu, a religion practiced by the Sasak people, Lombok’s natives. Wektu Telu’s adherents consider themselves Muslims, but do not follow many of the religious commandments that more orthodox Muslims do. They have adopted other beliefs from Hinduism and native animistic traditions. This dual heritage makes Pura Lingsar an important symbol of unity among the islands’ faiths. In mid-December, Pura Lingsar hosts the temple with festival called Perang Topat. During this festival, representatives of the Hindu and Wektu Telu communities put o­n an elaborate costumed parade and then square off for a wild mock battle in which the weapon of choice is ketupat — balls of sticky rice wrapped in coconut leaves. A very interesting sight to see!