Stepping on Sacred Places

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©satujamsaja/flickr

Exploring Indonesia is not complete without stepping onto one of their sacred sites. Just mention the island of Bali, you can find at least four of such sacred destinations. The first to highlight here is Mount Agung and Besakih. It is a highly sacred mountain and it is where the Pura Besakih or the Mother Temple of Bali is situated. Still an active volcano though, this site last eruption was in 1963. It has lava that flows missing the Mother Temple of Besakih. Indonesian’s Balinese take this as a sign of gods. Mother Temple of Besakih is the largest and regarded as the holiest temple in Bali. That makes Gunung Agung or Mount Agung the holiest mountain on Bali.

Basakih Temple

It was originally just a terraced temple built before AD 1000. The dragon god Besakih was believed to have inhabited in the sacred mountain. As high up at the altitude of more than 3000 meters in the eastern part of Bali, Mount Agung is perched on slopes at 1000 meters up high. You can check out the Kerta Gosa Old Court Justice in the center of Klungkung town. Bukit Jambul which is a hill, the Tengenan Village occupied by the Bali Aga people. Candi Dasa beach which is a tourist resort and Kusamba Village. Also the Goa Lawah or Bat Cave in Pesingahan Village which dated back to the 11th century when they built the temple. There are three surrounding main temples dedicated to Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma. And you can also find the 18 separate sanctuaries nearby. As you walk up the ascending stairs and through a split gate to the courtyard, you will see the Hindu trinity of Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu, all wrapped in cloth. There are also decorated flower offerings around them.

Pura Tanah Lot

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© Jos Dielis/flickr

On a rocky island off the southwest coast of Bali is Pura Tanah Lot. This is a sea temple. It is believed that there are evil and sea snakes under the caves and these creatures and evilness are inhabited there. the temple is dedicated to the guardian spirits of the sea. It is well-known for the beautiful sunset behind the temple. This Temple of Land in the Middle of the Sea is another rare sight and definitely attracted a lot of romantic couples and religious and soulful tourists and visitors. Historically, it was believed to be founded by Nirartha in the 16th century.

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