Karang asem, Indonesia
Besakih Temple Karang asem Reviews
"Beautiful Temple and History" Aug 18, 2016
As well as the panoramic beauty of beaches, Bali is also famous for its cultural uniqueness. The Majority of the population adheres to Balinese Hinduism which makes dubbed Bali as the Island of a Thousand Temples. So many temples make a favorite hard to choose, but as destination of tourists visiting Bali. One of them is a must as it is the biggest temple in Bali, but it comes a price of a good ability to be able to walk or pay to rent a motor bike and driver, as the Besakih Temple is also the highest in Bali.
The Temple is located on the slopes of Mount Agung, the highest mountain in Bali. Besakih Temple is the center of activity throughout all the temples in Bali. It is a complex of Hindu temples which consists of 23 temple buildings, amongst all the pretenders included in the complex it is ‘Pura Penataran Agung ‘ temple that is the largest and is at the heart. In Penataran 3 statues are symbols of the nature of God stana Tri Murti, namely Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva which is a symbol of God the Creator, God of Preserver and God of Fuser.
It’s unclear as to the orgins of Besakih, but the name itself comes from the word "Basuki ", taken from the word " Wasuki " which means Salvation in the Sanskrit language. Back 2000 years ago the Javaneses brought the teachings of Hinduism, to Bali, perhap Resi Markandya Hyang who was a Hindu priest from East Java, who made several Journeys to Bali, would have had something to do with the temple being here, as he and his followers made the lands around Basakih fit for agriculture.
Built on the concept of Tri Hita Karana, the concept of balance between man, nature, and God. It is a terrace structured pyramid of several levels. Its position is a precarious one, as Mount Agung is also an active Volcano. Which last erupted in 1963 killing many people but the lava flows missed the Temple by just meters. Step of plenty head to the top of the main temple with gates made of stone being the enterance, here they built very high and are called ‘Candi Bentar’ a split gateway. At least seventy religious Hindu ceremonies take place at Besakih every year during the cycle of the Balinese 210 day calendar system, annual celebrations take place in almost everyone of the 22 shrines and Pura Penataran Agung ,but some of shrines are unfit because they are in various states of repair.
Besakih Temple is located in the village of Besakih, Rendang district Karangasem regency, Bali. To reach Pura Besakih, from Denpasar distance of about 25 km to the northeast a journey that will take about 3-4 hours due to traffic and many small villages. As in all temples that still hold a religious status a Balinese sarong must be warn, in addition, for women who are menstruating they are not expected to enter the temple area, sarongs can be hired in nearby locations at a cost of Rp 10,000 - Rp 15,000 per item. An entance fee is to be paid to enter the Besakih Temple is cost about Rp 50,000 each person, also at an extra cost you can hire a guide that speak many languages. The Complex has and ample parking area for a wide variety of vehicles. In addition, around the parking lot there are market stalls selling Balinese handicrafts. The Car park is not far from the slopes of the temple but be prepared because it is a steep walk...many bike rider will offer to take you up at cost.
Besakih Temple has much to offer the visitors, beautiful views, history, crafts and a sense of the good atmosphere.
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Temple by the Volcano Jan 27, 2010
Besakih Temple is the biggest Hindu temple in Bali which the local people call Pura Besakih. 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. It is located in southwest side bevel of mount Agung, the biggest mounts in Bali. It is because pursuant to Agung Mount confidence is holiest and highest mount in Bali Island.
Besakih Temple is located in the plateau area which is covered by the cool atmosphere and Mount Agung as a back drop. From the top of temple building, we can see the beautiful panorama of nature from the temple area to the ocean. It is situated in cool area with the light breeze and unique temple buildings spread out in the temple complex will create the peaceful atmosphere. It is ideally for the people who did the meditation and now, the Besakih Temple is opened for tourist and it is the great place to visit in Bali.
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