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Lingsar Temple  

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Lingsar Temple

Lingsar temple, at first glance, resembles any other Hindu temple in Bali and Lombok but if we take a closer look and find some information in relation with this temple, we will find that Lingsar temple is very unique and becomes the symbol of unity of Hindu and Islam faith in Lombok.

Located in Lingsar village, around 9 km east of Mataram, Lingsar temple was named after a spring that never dries up called Langser. This temple was built in 1759 during the reign of Raja Anak Agung Gede Ngurah, a royal descent of the Karangasem kingdom in Bali, which ruled West Lombok at the time.
Lingsar temple is unique since this temple consists of two different structures stand side by side, only separated by a jabe, or courtyard. On one side is the Gaduh temple, a place of worship for the Hindu community, while on the other is the Kemaliq, a site revered as sacred by the many of the Sasak Muslim community on Lombok. The presence of this two worshiping place for two different religions make Lingsar temple only places in Lombok where two faiths can carry out their religious activities together in one place.

In addition to performing religious activities together in one place, the followers of Hindu and Islam faith also perform a unique ritual together called Perang Topat (war of topat, topat is rice cooked in coconut leaves). This ritual is held every year on the 15th day of the seventh month of the Sasak calendar.

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