Top 5 religious places in Bali

Besakih Temple in Bali

Besakih Temple in Bali ©satujamsaja/Flick

The local art and culture is strongly interwoven with the unique Hindu religion of Bali, which is called Hindu Dharma. Hindus call the basis of their religion Dharma (Law), and the whole religious system is based on this. The Dharma with its existence maintains the eternity and the functioning of the universe and defines all beings. According to the Hindus it is the duty of the man to try to know the reality of the Dharma and adapt to it.

The real spiritual nature of the island is rooted in religion, and it is expressed in art forms that are passionately preserved over the centuries. Today we present the top 5 religious places in Bali.

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Besakih

Besakih is the most important religious place in Bali, it is the “the mother temple of Bali”, as the church laying on the volcanic slope of Mount Agung is the biggest and holiest uf the island. It is more than one thousand years old, its stairs lead to the main temple through cleft-shaped gates, which is dedicated to Hindu god triad (Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu). Each governorate and class has 18 additional shrines. Visiting these is considered as a special pilgrimage. The anniversary of the construction of every temple or shrine is separately celebrated during a feast called Odalan. The sight of the mountain leaves a deep impression on people, just like the colorful decorated churches during the celebrations.

Besakih Temple in Bali

Besakih Temple in Bali ©satujamsaja/Flick

Pura Kahen Bali

The Pura Kahen Bali is the second largest temple in Bali and has three terraced courtyards that are connected by stairs. Its balustrades are decorated with carvings and statues. The shadow of a huge banyan tree lies on the two low courtyards, while the third courtyard houses the shrines of the gods and the ancestors.

Tampak Siring Pura Tirta Empul Temple

The Tampak Siring Pura Tirta Empul Temple is one of the top 5 religious places in Bali and was built around holy well of Tampak Siring. The church is more than a thousand years old, has two basins with enormous significance because the curative spring water that is nourishing them. Cleansing rituals are regularly held there. The specialty of the area is the ivory and bone carving.

Pura Tirta Empul in Bali

Pura Tirta Empul in Bali ©Christ06/Flick

Goa Gajah

The Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) was built in the 11th century and some say that it was originally made as a monastery. The wall above the entrance has a carving of a demon-head that is guarded by two more sculptures. The cave houses the statue of Ganesha. Excavations have revealed a pool, which is surrounded by six nymph statues with water spitters

Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot is one of the most important sea temples in Bali. The shrine lies on a huge cliff surrounded by sea. It was built by one of the last priest from Jáva in the 16th century. This is the place of the ceremonies held to the honor of the guarding spirits of the sea. It is believed that the poisonous snakes living in the stone rifts are protecting the temple from the intruders and the evil spirits. The Tanah Lot offers the most beautiful view with its unique silhouette at sunset.

Tanah Lot in Bali

Tanah Lot in Bali ©alex hanoko/Flick

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