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Tourist Guide


16 Jul 2016

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Besakih Temple is located in the western slopes of Agung Mount, the biggest Hindu temple in Bali. Located in the spacious area, offers you beautiful scenery and charming temple buildings that surround the temple complex. The Besakih temple is located in the Besakih village, in the eastern part of Bali. Besakih name comes from the word "Basuki", derived from the words "Wasuki" which means Salvation in the language of Sanskrit. Whereas, in Samudramanthana mythology, the name "Besuki" in fact refers to the "Besukian Dragon ", who inhabited of Agung Mount, the main volcano in Bali.

This large temple complex has been considered a holy place since ancient times. Based on the records of ancient inscriptions in 1007 AD. It is known that since the 15th century, Besakih is considered as the center of a Hindu temple in Bali. Besakih Temple, also known as Penataran is the main place of worship of Hindus in Bali. It’s a complex consisting of 22 temples in parallel ridges. This complex expresses the essential belief of the Balinese known as Tri Hita Kirana, meaning that life on earth must be lived and kept in balance and harmony between man and God, man and his neighbor, as well as the human and natural environment.


There are many roadside stalls along the path before you reach the gate of the temple complex. You do not need to ask for a discounted price, because the price offered is very reasonable.


You can buy some souvenir of Bali for a family member or your loved ones. Bali is famous for its handicrafts, unique, paintings, sculptures and carvings. There are also many vendors who sell trinkets and crafts temple.


Besakih is easily reached from all over Bali. You can live anywhere on the island and visit the temple. Throughout Bali there is a wide choice of accommodation, from super luxury hotel until more affordable accommodation. Also allowed to stay with the locals.


When you reach the area of ​​the complex, you will see the first temple on the left. This temple is a temple dedicated to royal ancestors is known as Dalem Puri Temple. The Balinese cremation ashes store in this temple. From here, walk up the stairs that will take you to Penataran. Locals believe that Penataran is the center of devotion to the gods. In addition to the main temple there are two other important temples, The Kiduling Kreteg Temple on the right and Batu Madeg Temple on the left.

The colors of the cloth on the temple dedicated to the Creator, which is representing the Hindu Trinity. White flags is dedicated to the temple of Shiva (Penataran), the red banner is the temple of Brahma (Pura Kiduling Kreteg), while the black banner is the temple of Vishnu (Pura Batu stagnates). When there is no festival in this temple, visitors may be allowed entry into the temple to look around.

If you want to explore the more isolated parts of the temple, head to Pengubengan Temple, which is located about 2 kilometers at the north end of the complex.


This temple is very easy to find, as most people know this temple as one of the best tourist destinations in Bali. There are several starting points that you can choose. From Airport I Gusti Ngurah Rai, it takes about 2 hours to get here. Simply head east towards Sanur, then follow the coastal path, which is connected to the Bypass Kusamba in cultivation. Then north until you find the road sign to Besakih, and after a few kilometers turn north.