Tirtagangga Park, Holy water of Abadi Village

Tirtagangga Park, Holy water of Abadi Village

The kingdom of Karangasem left a wonderful heritage site that has become a popular tourist attraction; Soekasada Water Palace and the Tirtagangga Water Park where there are a number of beautiful ponds that have been enjoyed by many people ever since they were first created. The ponds of Tirtagagga Water Park lie among terraced paddy

The kingdom of Karangasem left a wonderful heritage site that has become a popular tourist attraction; Soekasada Water Palace and the Tirtagangga Water Park where there are a number of beautiful ponds that have been enjoyed by many people ever since they were first created. The ponds of Tirtagagga Water Park lie among terraced paddy fields at the foothills of Tanah Legi in Ababi Village.

Former king of Karangasem, A. A. Anglurah Ketut Karangasem, had these five ponds built in 1948, and his grandson A. A. Dharma Ngurah Sanjaya now oversees the grounds of the park that spread over some 2 hectares.

Both foreigners and locals enjoy bathing in the two ponds meant for this purpose while the three other ponds are purely ornamental: one is planted with lotus flowers, one is used as an ornamental fish pond and the third functions as an ornamental fountain. Visitors often enjoy admiring the dozen of beautiful wayang (puppet) statues as they walk along the labyrinthine footpath that winds through one of the ponds.

The word Tirtagangga is composed of the words ‘tirta’ which means holy water and ‘Gangga’ that refers to the sacred Ganges river in India. The water that feeds the Tirtagangga water park flows from the Rijasa water source that springs forth under an old banyan tree in the nearby foot hills.

This crystal clear water is also known for its cool temperature. Some say that the spring itself is fed from the great rainwater catchment on Mount-Agung that is highest and most sacred mountain to Balinese Hindus. This spring water is also used by the people of Temega Village, to perform melasti or purification by bathing in water.

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Anak Agung Sanjaya explained also explained that there has been a small temple under the tree at the source of the spring since ancient times and to this day is still supported by the people of Temega Customary Village



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