Surround Yourself with the Towering Structures of Besakih Temple
The Besakih Temple is a temple complex consisting of many temples and shrines which sit on the southern slopes of the sacred Mount Agung. Stepping into the ancient temple complex interlaced with flowing streams, larger than life mythical and religious sculptures, and a view of the grand mountain range, one cannot help but feel a sense of mystical awe. Also called the ‘Mother Temple,’ Besakih is considered the largest, holiest, and most important temple in all of Bali.
Each temple and shrine is made to worship specific deities and around seventy religious festivals occur in Besakih every year. Pura Penataran Agungis the main sanctuary in the complex, a six-level temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. It features three padmasanas side by side, called the Padma Tiga, all of which are shrines to different aspects of Shiva.
Pura Pengubengan is the temple closest to the peak of Mount Agung. Travelers who make the hike are rewarded with, weather permitting, a majestic curtain of clouds with a view of Mount Agung. Pura Batu Tirtha, where local villagers get their holy water for rituals, is only ten minutes east of Pura Pengubengan. Another temple to visit is Pura Peninjoan, from where travelers can appreciate the scenic view of Pura Penataran Agung with beaches, rice fields, and southern Bali in the distance.
As the temple complex is a religious site, remember to wear appropriate clothing with your shoulders and knees well covered. Sarongs and sashes are included in the entrance fee of IDR10,000, with extra fees if you wish to take photos and videos in the complex. Hiring a temple guide is recommended, but not obligated, so be wary of scammers in the area harassing you for a guide.
With private car rental or motorbike, coming from southeast Bali take the Kusamba Bypass to Klungklung and head north. After the right turn at Menaga, you will arrive at Besakih. The temple is only open from 8 AM to 5 PM.
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