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Friday, October 8, 2010

Besakih Temple

Besakih Temple is one of tourist places and destination in Bali, it is popular with the biggest and holiest temple in Bali , below is the information.  Over a thousand years old, Besakih is known as the 'Mother Temple of Bali' , Pura Besakih is the biggest and holiest temple in Bali and is perched nearly 1,000m up the side of Gunung Agung. Besakih is the biggest and holiest of all the Balinese temples. Bali's mother temple stands against a stupendous mountain backdrop on the southeastern slopes of Mount Agung.

Eighteen separate sanctuaries belonging to different regencies and caste groups surround the three main temples dedicated to Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. To the Balinese, visiting the temple sanctuaries is a special pilgrimage. The mountain top setting gives it an almost mystical quality.
The largest on the island, this massive complex of 35 small temples attracts staggering numbers each year, being the main point of pilgrimage for Balinese Hindus. Steps ascend through split gates to the main courtyard where the Trinity shrines, dedicated to Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu, are wrapped in cloth and decorated with flower offerings. There are number of temples but many of their inner courtyards are closed to visitors.

The Besakih Temple is surrounded by typical East Balinese scenery without and development and completely undisturbed of scenes of rice paddies stretching across the hills with mountains in the background and streams that run the full way down. It is likely that the area of Besakih has been sacred since long before recorded Balinese history due to the presence of Pura Batu Madeg, a stone temple that has been long standing in the area. The Besakih Temple became even more important in 1343 when it became he administrative center for the Klungkung regency during the conquering of Bali by the Majapahit dynasty. The Besakih Temple was later damaged by earthquakes of 1917 and then rebuilt by the Dutch in 1932 during their influence upon Bali as one of the more positive effects.

It owns beautiful view from the top of temple area where we can see the wide nature panorama until to the ocean so that way this temple is many visited by tourists from all over the world. Besakih Temple is located in Besakih countryside, Rendang sub district, Karangasem regency, east part of the island.

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1 comment:

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