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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Anti Aging Water!

I just back from Lombok, an Island in east Indonesia, about two hours fly from Soekarno-Hatta airport, Jakarta. There have many interesting tourist destinations such as Senggigi beach, Gili Trawangan, and many others. One interesting place is Narmada, the Royal King Garden of Lombok with swimming pool in it and also there is a Hindus temple use by the Hindus religion when they have Balinese special ceremony or at New Year.
Lombok’s most famous temple-palace complex is Narmada Taman built in 1727 by the King of Mataram, Anak Gde Karangasem. The architecture is an interesting mix of Hindu, Islamic, and Sasak ethnic styles, but the temple is notable for its man-made lagoon, which symbolizes the lake of the holy mountain, Gunung Rinjani, in north of Lombok. Apart of the garden, there's a small temple for small offering and worship. Inside the temple it had a holy water link from Mount Rinjani. The Hindu believes that the holy water preserved anti-aging. Can be drink and facial wash but, not for bathe. The faithful explain that the replica’s purpose was to permit an aging king to fulfill his religious obligations of throwing offerings into the mountaintop lake when he became too old to make the climb. More likely, however, it was built so that the monarch could spy on the maidens washing in the pool and lures local women to bathe while he sat in his pavilion and watched.

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