Lingsar Temple, 1714MLingsar Temple was built in 1714 by King Anak Agung Ngurah, and nestled beautifully in lush rice fields, it’s multi-denominational, with a temple for Balinese Hindus (Pura Gaduh) and one for followers of Lombok’s mystical take on Islam, the Wektu Telu religion.

It’s 8km northeast of Mataram in the village of Lingsar. Take a bemo from the Mandalika terminal to Narmada, and another to Lingsar. Ask to be dropped off near the entrance to the temple complex.

Pura Gaduh has four shrines: one orientated to Gunung Rinjani (seat of the gods on Lombok), one to Gunung Agung (seat of the gods in Bali) and a double shrine representing the union between the two islands.

The Wektu Telu temple is noted for its enclosed pond devoted to Lord Vishnu, and the holy eels, which can be enticed from their lair with hard-boiled eggs (available at stalls outside). It’s considered good luck to feed them. You will be expected to rent a sash and/or sarong (or bring your own) to enter the temple.

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