Bali is an island in Indonesia, popular among tourists all over the world. It offers beaches, water sports, historical places, and many religious temples, etc. It has a diversified religion and culture. There are many temples within that hold mythological stories, very beautiful in terms of location and architecture. Here are some of the famous temples in Bali.
“ Bali’s Mother Temple”
It is the largest and holiest temple made up of 23 temples on parallel ridges that are inspired by the Hindu religion and one of the Balinese temples, located in the village of Besakih, Karangasem, slopes of Mount Agung.
The main part is “Pura Penataran” Agung. There are three main temples within it, dedicating to Hindi trinity-Brahma, the creator, Shiva, the destroyer, Vishnu, the preserver, and dragon diety “ Naga Besukian” who is believed to inhibit the Mount Agung.
It is a beautiful temple located in marvelous sites. With more than thousands of visitors each year who go to offer prayers and seek blessings.
It is a beautiful temple with magnificent architecture and the garden having small ponds too, etc.
It is located in the village of Mengwi, which was built in 1634 by Mengwi Kingdom ruler, Tjokerda Sakti Blambangan and was built for the people in Mengwi, who didn’t have to travel long distances for offering prayers.
The temple has three grounds devoted to the three cosmological levels, the world of man, the realm of Gods and Deities, the Divine level. The inspiration of the Balinese Hinduism.
“Land in the Sea”
It is a temple on the offshore rock. The backdrop of the sea and it is a fabulous place.
It was built in the 16th century by Dang Hyang Niratha, who decided to make it a holy place and worshipped the Sea God, Dewa Baruna or Bhatara Segara but Nowadays, Niratha is also worshipped there.
Been a part of Balinese mythology and is influenced by Hinduism.
It is believed that it is guarded by giant venomous sea snakes from the evil spirits.
“Bat Cave Temple”
It is located on the south east coast of Bali.
It has established on the 11th century by Mpu Kuturan who was an ancient priest and introduced Hinduism.
It is believed that there is a secret pathway to the Besakih Temple where lies a dragon inside” Naga Basuki” who keeps the balance of the cosmos.
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Ulun Danu Bratan
It is a complex with five compounds and one Buddha stupa, located on the shores of Lake Bratan, the lake of Holy Mountain. It was built in 1633 where Dewi Dhanu, the river goddess is worshipped. There is an 11-story known as “Pelinggih Meru “ dedicated to Shiva and Parvarti.
“ Temple on a cliff”
A temple located on the edge of a cliff, 230 ft high above sea level.
A small temple existed earlier but eventually built upon in the phase of the 11th century by Empu Kuturan, a Japanese Sage.
You will find many Macaque monkeys in the area.
It is an incredible place for sunset setting where every day at 6pm, you can also enjoy Kecak Dance Performance based on Ramayana.
Pura Tirta Empul
It is a Hindu Balinese water temple dedicating to Vishnu, the supreme consciousness Narayana. It has a natural water spring inside the compounds of the temple where people bath in it for ritual purification.
However, within the time the water quality has been contaminated due to the carelessness of the people nearby and has resulted in infection resulting in losing eyesight.
Goa Gajah is known as the elephant cave because of the faces carved into the stones. The insides contain 7 statues depicted holy rivers of India- Ganga, Saraswati, Yamuna, Godavari, Sindhu, Kaver, and Narmada. The history is uncertain but after research, it is said that it contains both Hindu and Buddhist imagery.
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