Some past weekends, I went to Tista village, Abang district, Karangasem regency. Not for weekend actually, but I did find some interesting side of this place. Tista is located 30 km from Denpasar city. It given me beautiful view, friendly people, clean and nice weather, and a hidden treasure!
There was an ancient and almost abandoned temple up in the hill of Tista village. Nobody (at least, local people accompanied us) knows the exact name of this temple. Some said it was Gunung Sari temple. Gunung means mountain, Sari is essence/ flower bud. Other told me, it was Mekah temple. Probably Mekah word is derived from Me-Akah. In Balinese, Akah means root, me-akah means rooted.
There was a tree grows on the rock cliff behind one of the shrines. It must be a tough tree. With incredible tough root. What tree it was? The same. No one knew.
I took some pictures around.
A stairway to heaven (I know, I exaggerated a bit)…to the temple actually.
Another stairway with dragon statue, not European style with those wings, but Balinese style with the India’s influence(looks like a huge giant snake).
A close-up dragon.
Someone in the past had carved a shrine into the rock.
Ancient wood sculptures as part of a shrine.
Lingga, in the ancient civilization was believed as the representation of God (Ciwa).
I assumed this temple was devoted to the God Ciwa as the God of creator. So far (even today), I still have no idea the name of this ancient temple. It remains a mystery. Up in the hill of Tista village.