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Pura Besakih

Pura Besakih

Pura Besakih, one of the most sacred sites in Bali is perched high on the slopes of Bali's Mount Agung and is widely referred to as the 'Mother Temple' of Hinduism in Bali. The name of 'Pura Besakih' is probably derived from the snake Basuki that features in Hindu mythology.

The temple has a car park at the entrance, where tourists can hire a guide from among several Balinese of all ages who offer their services as guides. These people can speak broken English and know only the main facts about the temple. If you do hire a guide, then negotiate the price in advance (about 10,000 rupiahs).

On an ordinary day, one might not find this terrace temple built mainly of dark-colored lava stone impressive. However, if one visits Pura Besakih temple during the time of the annual temple festival, one cannot help but marvel at the place.

During the annual temple festival of Pura Besakih, tens of thousands of Hindus from all over the island and from farther a field throng to the temple, which is elaborately decorated at the time of its annual "birthday" festival (the odalan festival). Though there are more colorful and more elaborately decorated temples on Bali, but to the Hindus none is so important as the Pura Besakih, the 'Mother of All Temples'.

In addition to the Odalan Festival, the Pura Besakih also serves as the prestigious venue of Bali's most important temple festival, the Eka Dasa Rudra, which is celebrated every hundred years. The Eka Dasa Rudra festival last took place in 1979.

The temple of Pura Besakih lies in a luxuriant tropical landscape, located at the foot of Gunung Agung, which forms a magnificent backdrop. The setting looks particularly stunning in the clear morning light.

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►Borobudur Temple
►Gunung Kawi
►Gunung Leuser National Park
►Kelimutu Volcano
►Kerinci Seblat National Park
►Klungkung Royal Palace
►Komodo National Park
►Lake Toba

►Lore Lindu National Park
►Lovina Beach
►Monkey Forest Sanctuary
►Mount Bromo
►Mount Rinjani

►Pangandaran Beach
►Pantai Cermin Theme Park
►Pasir Putih Beach
►Prambanan Temples

►Pulau Seribu
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►Sea World Indonesia
►Sunda Kelapa
►Taman Impian Jaya Ancol
►Taman Safari Indonesia
►Tanah Lot
►Ujung Kulon National Park
►Way Kambas National Park




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