In addition to conveying the ancient Sanskrit texts of the Niti Sastra, the Taman Ujung Water Palace symbolizes the abundance of fresh spring water, which, until today can be found in and around the palace site. To the Balinese Hindus, water, especially fresh spring water is sacred, and plays a very important role in the wheel of life. Upon reflection, we’ll notice that 80% of the human body alone consists of water. It is a well-known fact that without water, there won’t be any life on earth.
Water is a huge part of life for the Balinese Hindus, whom in addition to daily necessities also use holy water to cleanse their homes, temples and surrounding areas. The site on which the palace was built is surrounded by multiple fresh water springs which until today are used to fill the ponds within the palace area. The palace is also located just metres away from the sea; the Balinese Hindus believe that sea water draws energy from the sun, which is then blown by the wind onto land for the growth of all living things. The sea provides a positive effect to all that is near and this is another reason why the palace was built in this particular area.