Taman Ayun Temple is a Royal Temple of Mengwi Empire and it is located in Mengwi Village, Mengwi Sub District, Badung Regency and about 18 km north side of Denpasar town. It is strategically located be
side of major roadway between Denpasar to Singaraja. It is set on the land which is surrounded by big fish pond and look like a drift on the water. Its own the beautiful Temple building with multistoried roof and Balinese Architecture. The wide beautiful landscape garden in front courtyard to welcome all visitor who come and visit this Temple. It is beautiful place to visit on vacation in Bali.
Pursuant to papyrus chronicle of the Mengwi ( Lontar Babad Mengwi ), the temple which is now referred by Taman Ayun Temple that is had been newly sanctified in the year 1634 M and it is named with Taman Ahyun Temple. The word of Ahyun is coming from the root word Hyun meaning a Temple has founded in the park ( pool with the beautiful garden ) which can be fulfill the desire. The word Ahyun is then change into Ayun word. Taman Ayun Temple is one of the Hindu Temple In Bali become a tourist destination which has been visited by many tourist from local and foreign. This temple is usually visited by tourist once having a set tour to Tanah Lot Temple Tour. Temple Position and Function: The function of Taman Ayun Temple is a place to pray the God in their manifestation. It is according to the content of Babad Mengwi and existence of the temple building structure, especially the temple that is located in third area (jeroan) According to Astadewata, the special God is worshiped in Taman Ayun Temple is the God manifestation as a Wisnu God which his palace located in the top of Mangu Mount. In the papyrus of Usana Bali mentioning that one of Dewa Catur Lokapalas carry through its worship is Meru Pucak Pangelengan that is a temple building with 9 multistoried roofs. Pitara God is a holy soul deity of ancestor who is also referred as the other names of Hyang Pitara or Dewa Hyang. Pitara God is obliged to be worshiped by clan heir ( Prati Sentana ) in the form of temple ceremony which is the same meaning as by the ceremony to the God. Thw whorsiping existence to Pitara God in Taman Ayun Temple can be searched and proved by pursuant to the existence of temple building which lay in by consecution in east which is called Paibon that is representing special temple. Taman Ayun Temple in capacities or its status as special altar for the King Family of Mengwi Palace or as Merajan Agung from Mengwi King Families specially for the founder of Mengwi Empire that is I Gusti Agung Putu.