Welcome to Puri Agung Karangasem website, a community site by and for the extended family of the last Raja of Karangasem, H.H. Sri Paduka Ratu Anak Agung Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem.
And we try and present a brief history of Bali seen through the eyes of the Royal Family of Karangasem. Tracing the family will give us an insight into the role of this family that from the beginnings as a vassal of the Susuhan (Supreme King) of Bali & Lombok which grew into to dominate the largest Kingdom in Bali as well as the Muslim Island of Lombok.
Through war, family intrigue, marriage, and political opportunism we watch this family through Balinese history up to the present “splendid decay” and through them we see the story of Bali from prehistory, to a province of the Majapahit Empire, to refuge from Islam to the Golden Age when Bali ruled not only Lombok but also East Java and Sumbawa, then the breakdown into 9 kingdoms, and the invasion of the Dutch, the final defeat to the Dutch in the early 20th Century, the war years and finally a part of the Republic of Indonesia.
And in the pesent we cover what the decendants are doing, update on ceremonies and news concerning
1. Puri Agung Karangasem
2. Puri Gede
3. Taman Ujung
4. Taman Tirtagangga
“King’s in Bali had to control or harness the natural and supernatural elements of the world through all possible symbolic means:through having vast palaces which acted as centres of power, through initiating and preserving laws which came from the gods, and through holding vast rituals in which everyone in the state could be involved. This kind of personal contact and participation involving king and subjects formed an emotional and religious bond between the two that made the state work.