Bali

Temples of Bali

"The Meeting Place of Humans and The Gods"

The famous Hindu Temples of Bali is a huge subject to say the least, by all accounts there a over 10,000 religious compounds / Shrines / Temples in Bali stretching far and wide, on the low lands, on the side of hills and on top of mountains.

When exploring Bali, you pass so many of these temples on route to where you are going, you can't miss them, so ornate and detailed in the stonework, numerous carvings and decoration, a delight to explore such wonderful works of art not to mention the historic and religious value.

A little fact, Temples of Bali face toward the mountains, the sea or sunrise.

Now for some advice on etiquette, we need to respect the Balinese people and places of worship, so here are a few tips on the do's and don'ts;

  • To enter a Temple, you need to be dressed moderately, at least wear a short sleeved shirt or top that covers your shoulders and upper arms, do not wear a vest!. You will be expected to cover up your lower half, your waist and your legs. A temple scarf will be worn if you are wearing long trousers or long dress and this is tied around the waist, a sarong will be needed if you are wearing shorts or a skirt; (e.g.. Pura Meduwe Karang [a north Bali Temple], will provide you with a sarong for a small donation).

  • Do not climb on the Temple walls.

  • Do not stand or sit higher than the Temple Priest.

  • Do not walk in front of the Temple Priest or a kneeling congregation.

  • Use cameras with discretion, do not use flashes.

  • By ancient law, menstruating women are not permitted to enter the Temple.

  • If you have recently given birth, the mother and husband are not permitted to enter the Temple for 42 days after the birth of the child.

Here we shall list some of the Temples that we feel are perhaps the most outstanding and in some cases near to Bali Sea Villas in North Bali. 

You can find all Temples listed here in our Bali Sea Villas Adventure Guide Location Map.


Pura Ulun Danu

One of the main Temples in Bali is Pura Ulun Danu Temple, it is located near the Batur volcano (also known as Pura Ulun Danu Batur), know as the second most important Temple in Bali after Pura Besakih. 

Ulu Danu Temple  Ulu Danu Temple 2

The Batur volcano is one of two active volcanoes in Bali, it last erupted in 1917 and is surrounded by large black basalt lava.

The Ulu Danu Temple in the region of Bedugul honours the Goddess of the lakes and rivers 'Dewi Danu', Lake Bratan fills this crater and is a large water reserve for crops.


Pura Taman Ayun

One of the most beautiful Temples in Bali is Pura Taman Ayun - Mengwi with its towers and layered roofs, Taman Ayun means 'Beautiful Garden'. This Royal Temple was built by a King of the Mengwi dynasty c1634. Mengwi was a powerful kingdom until the 19th century.

Taman Ayun Temple  Taman Ayun Bali

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Temple has a series of terraced gardens on different levels, this Temple is known to be one of the most beautiful Temples with its garden surroundings and fountains, the collection of Temples are there to protect Bali from evil spirits.


Pura Besakih

The Temple of Besakih; "The Mother Temple" is the largest and most revered Temple in Bali, located on the slopes of Mount Agung. The Temple is actually a complex of twenty two temples aligned in parallel with flights of stairs leading into courtyards and further doorways, this is meant so it leads the spiritual person upwards toward the top of the mountain which is considered sacred.

Besakih Temple Bali Busakih Temple Bali

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the centre of this complex is the Lotus Throne which is a ritual focus that dates back to the 17th century. 

In 1963 the eruption of Mount Agung decimated Bali and caused many casualties, some 1,700 people died. The Eka Dasa Rudra, the greatest purification ceremony which takes place every one hundred years was being celebrated at the time of the eruption.


Pura Beji

This temple was built in the 15th century on the site of a well, the temple is famous for its Barong architecture and relief carvings. The courtyards grass and old frangipani trees, it is a tranquil and refreshing place. The temple is located in the north of Bali in Sangsit around eight kilometres east of Singaraja.

Beji Temple North Bali

The grand gate separating the forecourt from the inner courtyard spreads almost the entire length of the wall and is wonderfully carved on both the inner and outer sides. The principal shrines have staircases and turrets.

To the local people this temple is known as Pura Subak; 'subak' refers to the organisation for water supply or irrigation. Pura Subak is a holy place where you can worship Dewi Sri the Goddess of rice and the symbol of prosperity. 

It is said that the village temple belonged to "Pura Desa Adat Sangsit" and it is the village temple of Sangsit a traditional village. The temple is very beautiful and full of ornamental carvings of rambling plants and flowers, typical of the Buleleng style. The most outstanding feature in this temple is that every surface has a carving so it is extremely artistic, all of the carvings are painted making this colourful temple well worthy of a visit.


Pura Meduwe Karang

This temple is a Must for visitors to the North of Bali, it is only 7km east of Singaraja. The temple is very elaborately carved and ensures Devine protection to crops grown on dry land.

Pura Meduwe Karang

The terraces at the front have 34 figures of the 'Ramayana' and a giant Kumbakarna in battle with many monkeys from 'Sugriwa's army. The most famous of all stone reliefs is to be found on the outside left wall, a cyclist with rider, possibly the Dutch artist W.O.J.Nieuwenkamp who came to Bali in 1904 and explored Bali on his bicycle, wearing floral shorts with a rat about to go under his rear wheel and being chased by a dog.

meduwe cyclist

Entry to this temple is by donation, included in the donation you give is the loan of a sarong which is mandatory to wear.


Pura Agung Pulaki

Pura Agung Pulaki is a large temple very close to the sea, is situated 25 km west of Bali Sea Villas near the village of Banyupoh on the coast road to Gilimanuk. Cliffs tower behind the temple surrounded by jungle.

This important temple commemorates the arrival of the Javanese saint-priest Nirartha to Bali in the early 16th century.

The Pulaki temple is flanked by several temples which surround the Pulaki Temple as the center of the complex that is called “Pesanakan”, the surrounding temples are: Pemuteran Temple located 1 km to the west popular for its hot spring, Kerta Kawat Temple located 2 km to the southeast, and Pabean Temple 400 meters to the northeast.

Legend has it great village exist here, invisible for its temple. It said when Nirartha lived in Gelgel, he was forced to hide his daughter lest she abducted by the king. He finally brought her to this remote place, rendering it invisible to keep her safe. To this day, the people who occupy the visible village is known as gamang and are said to wonder the countryside.Pura Pulaki

The macaque monkeys (considered sacred) are well-fed by locals but always eager for tourist handouts.

Legend has it a great village exists here, invisible but for its temple. It is said that when Nirartha lived in Gelgel he was forced to hide his daughter because she would be abducted by the king. He finally brought her to this remote place, rendering it invisible to keep her safe. To this day, the people who occupy the invisible village are known as 'gamang' and are said to wander the countryside.

WARNING: Be careful of your belongings such as glasses, bags and cameras as the monkeys will grab them in a flash !!.

 


 

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