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Besakih Mother Temple

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Attractions Details

📌 Address

JFG3+J27, Besakih, Rendang, Karangasem Regency, Bali 80863, Indonesia

Opening Hours

24 hours

💸 Entrance Fee

IDR 60,000

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"To beat the crowds at Besakih Mother Temple, arrive early in the morning before the tour buses arrive and explore the lesser-known sections of the temple complex for a more intimate and peaceful experience. Don't forget to dress respectfully and bring a sarong and sash, as these are required attire for entering the temple."

What is Besakih Mother Temple?

Besakih Mother Temple, also known as Pura Besakih, is a significant Hindu temple complex located in the village of Besakih on the slopes of Mount Agung in Bali, Indonesia. It is considered the holiest and largest temple on the island, attracting both locals and tourists from around the world.

History of Besakih Temple

The history of Besakih Temple dates back over a thousand years. It is believed to have been built in the 8th century, during the ancient Bali Kingdom era. 

The temple complex has undergone multiple renovations and expansions over the centuries, reflecting the rich cultural heritage and religious devotion of the Balinese people. Besakih Mother Temple is definitely a spot you want to add to your itinerary when planning your next tour in Bali.

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Why is Besakih Mother Temple Important?

Besakih Mother Temple holds great importance in Balinese culture and religion. It is considered the spiritual and geographical center of the island, revered as the "Mother Temple" as it is believed to be the abode of the Hindu supreme deity, Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa.

The temple complex serves as a place of worship, where Balinese Hindus come to pay their respects, seek blessings, and perform religious ceremonies. It symbolizes the unity of different Hindu sects in Bali and showcases the unique blend of religion, art, and architecture that defines the island's cultural heritage.

Things to do & see at Besakih Mother Temple

  • Pura Penataran Agung: This is the main temple within the complex, dedicated to the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Visitors can explore the intricately carved stone gates, towering pagodas, and ornate decorations that adorn the temple.

  • Pura Pangubengan: Located nearby, this temple offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes and Mount Agung.

  • Pura Basukian: This temple is dedicated to the god of farming and is particularly popular during harvest season when locals come to offer prayers for a bountiful harvest.

  • Pura Penataran Sasih: This temple is dedicated to the moon, and it is believed to hold spiritual significance for those seeking fertility and prosperity.

  • Bali Aga Village: Explore the nearby traditional village of Trunyan, inhabited by the Bali Aga people who follow their own unique customs and rituals.

Visiting Besakih Mother Temple offers not only a glimpse into Bali's rich spiritual heritage but also an opportunity to appreciate the stunning architecture, lush landscapes, and breathtaking views of Mount Agung. 

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The tranquil atmosphere and the devotion of the Balinese people make it a truly special and memorable experience.

Frequently asked questions

What is Besakih Temple?

Besakih Temple, also known as the Mother Temple of Bali, is the largest and most important Hindu temple complex on the island. It is located on the slopes of Mount Agung in the eastern part of Bali.

What is the significance of Besakih Temple?

Besakih Temple is considered the most sacred temple in Bali and holds great religious importance to the Balinese people. It is believed to be a place of spiritual power and is dedicated to the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.

How old is Besakih Temple?

The exact age of Besakih Temple is uncertain, but it has been mentioned in ancient Balinese manuscripts dating back to the 14th century. The temple complex has evolved over time with various additions and renovations.

What is the architecture of Besakih Temple like?

Besakih Temple features a unique architectural style known as the Balinese temple architecture. It consists of a series of separate temple compounds with different levels, terraces, and courtyards. The main temple structures have black volcanic stone as the primary building material.

Can tourists visit Besakih Temple?

Yes, tourists are allowed to visit Besakih Temple. However, it is essential to dress respectfully and follow the temple etiquette. Sarongs and sashes are provided at the entrance for visitors to cover their legs and waist as a sign of respect.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

JFG3+J27, Besakih, Rendang, Karangasem Regency, Bali 80863, Indonesia

Opening Hours

24 hours

💸 Entrance Fee

IDR 60,000

Find it on google maps