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Pura Besakih in Indonesia

Pura Besakih - The Mother Temple of Bali, Indonesia

Pura Besakih – The Mother Temple of Bali, Indonesia

The Pura Besakih is the most significant temple complex located in Bali, Indonesia. For its extreme importance, this temple is also considered as the ‘Mother Temple of Bali’. This largest Hindu religion temple in Bali is visited by many tourists. People climb up the volcano to pray in the temple to get holy water for special occasions. The temple complex spreads over seven terraces. It houses several separate shrines. The temple is built to represent the Trinity of Hinduism: Brahma (red painted part), Vishnu (black painted part), and (white painted portion) (Shiv) Mahesh.

The temple is also popular as Naga Besukian or the residence of dragon god. It became State Temple during the first-half of the 11th century. The architectural style of the temple bears resemblance to that of a Chinese Pagoda. A typical example of Balinese architecture, the temple has tiers known as Meru. There are around 35 halls dedicated to individual deities. The temple turns into a buzzing place at the time of Odalan. Otherwise, it is a peaceful place. You need to climb stairs featuring dragons known as the ‘Stairway to heaven’ to reach the temple.

Even though the temple is good, yet some people are trying to defame it. Beware of the touts and temple mafia. People at the gate may ask for donations. Some touts may also ask you to forcibly rent a sarong. Someone who is offering you sarong for free may also pressurize for money after you return from the temple. It is better to buy one.

Points to remember:

  • Change money in the urban areas as the rates in this area are unreliable.
  • You must wear a sarong to enter into the temple.
  • Women on menses are forbidden entry.
  • You need not bring water as there is a family in the way to the temple that sells drinks and snacks.

Pura Besaikh Map

Pura Besaikh Facts

  • The temple is located at an altitude of 1000 meters.
  • Every year about 70 festivals are held in the temple complex.
  • It is one of the oldest temples in the world.
  • The temple was nominated as a World Heritage Site in 1995.

Where is Pura Besaikh ?

The Pura Besakih is located high on the slopes of Mountain Agung. It takes around a one-and-a-half hour to reach the temple by car from the Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Best time to visit  Pura Besaikh

The best time to visit the temple is during early morning or evening, as it is peaceful.

Pura Besaikh Hours

The temple opens throughout the year from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Pura Besaikh Tickets

The entry fee to the Pura Besakih is 15,000 IDR (Indonesian Rupiah). Kids are allowed free admission.

More about Pura Besaikh

 Nearby Attractions : Baruna Tulamben, Waterbom Bali, USS Liberty Shipwreck, Devil’s Tears, La Lucciola Beach, Gunung Kawi, and Biorock Pemuteran.


Published On: Wednesday, February 12th, 2014