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Baisakih Temple- Bali’s Mother Temple

Roofs in Pura Besakih Temple in Bali Island, Indonesia.

Location- Jl. Gunung Mas No.Ds, Besakih, Kec. Rendang, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80863, Indonesia.

Local Name– Pura Agung Besakih.

About 68 km or 2 hours drive from from Ngurah Rai International Aiport.

50 km or 1.5 hour drive from Ubud area.

Entrance fee– 60,000 IDR for Adult(3.84$).

                        30,000 IDR for Kids(1.92$).

Opening Hours– The temple complex open 24 hours a day as it is a place of worship. Visiting hours and sightseeing for tourist is restricted to 8 am to 5 pm.

Best time to visit- During Sunrise or Sunset.

Rules– Wear a sarong while visiting this temple complex, and make sure bare knees and shoulders are not visible.

Special Features– Baisaikh Temple is the largest hindu complex in Bali, also known as Bali’s Mother Temple. The temple is about 1,000 years old and 1,000 meter up on Mount Agung’s south western slopes in the eastern part of Bali.
The temple complex survived miraculously even in the catastrophic volcanic eruption of 1963.
It is the place for prayer for local hindu people and serves as a popular destination for visitors.
The temple is dedicated to Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu which signifies the main gods of Hinduism surrounded by smaller structures hosing temples to lesser gods or shrines to various balinese culture.

Besikah Temple features in the centre, Pura Penataran Agung is the largest temple in the complex, representing seven layers of the universe, each with their own shrines with white banner which means Shiva the destroyer.The black banner of Pura Batu Madeng represents Vishnu the preserver. and to the right red banners represents Brahma the creator at Pura Kiduling Kreteg.

Pura Pangubengan it’s about 30 minutes walk from main Pura Penataran Agung which has great vistas. located on higher ground, the closest to Mount Agung’s peak.

The Temple complex is includes 23 ancient temples travellers can wander the stepped terraces and brick gateways up the complex and sit on several parallel ridges, the active volcano is about 3,280 feet(1,000 meters) up the side of this.

 

 

 

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