Temples, the Hindu's Worship Places in Bali

It is not surprising that Bali is called the island of the thousand temples. Everywhere you see a temple.

Temples, the Hindu's Worship Places in Bali

It is not surprising that Bali is called the island of the thousand temples (estimated 20,000 temples). Everywhere you see a temple. Temples are easily found in many places around the island of Bali. It is holiest place to worship the Gods, spirit and it becomes part of social life in Balinese society. There are many kind of temples such as family temples which belongs to a family, village temples named Kayangan temples which divided into three kind of temples such as Pura Desa, Pura Puseh, and Pura Dalem, and temples in public area.

Ceremonies are often done every time in many different occasions. The Balinese pray at these temples and give offerings to temples. The offerings contain petals, fruits, cookies or foods. There are also famous temples in Bali, located in very unique and rural location. The main temple for the entire island is Besakih Temple, or mother temple. Located 1000 metres above sea level on the rising slopes of Mount Agung in Eastern Bali, the temple is named after an ancient Dragon God believed to inhabit the mountain. Other major temples that are accessible to tourists include Pura Luhur Uluwatu in southern Bali, Pura Luhur Batukaru in Tabanan, Pura Rambut Siwi in Jembrana, Pura Pulaki in Singaraja, Pura Taman Ayun in Mengwi, and the always popular Sangeh Monkey Sanctuary in central Bali. Find your complete guide to temples information in Bali.

  • Besakih, the Mother Temple in Bali

    Besakih, the Mother Temple in BaliThe Mother Temple of Besakih, in the village of Besakih on the slopes of Mount Agung in eastern Bali, is the most important temple of Balinese people, Indonesia, and one of a series of Balinese temples. The temple probably dates to the fourteenth century. It was built on the south slopes of Mount Agung, the principal volcano of Bali.

    Location: Rendang
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  • Pulaki, Temple with Spectacular Views in North Bali

    Pulaki, Temple with Spectacular Views in North BaliThe Temple is located in the Banyu Poh Village, Grokgak Sub District, on the western part of the Buleleng Regency, and is nestled on a foot hill exactly in front of the coast. It is one of the biggest Hindu temples in Bali situated in the coastal side west part of Singaraja town or 1 hour drive to the west from the town. During the rainy season, the dry brown hills that back the temple turn sparkling green. The architecture is dominated by black and white stone as if some parts of the temple are the hills themeselves being carved. Pulaki temple has a spectacular view to be enjoyed. Glamorous blue sea and the green hills will tempt your eyes.

    Location: Grokgak
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  • Batukaru Temple, Haven for The Soul in Bali

    Batukaru Temple, Haven for The Soul in BaliArriving in the centre of Tabanan regency, follow the smooth asphalt road to Penebel village known as the rice bowl of Bali. You will immediately know that you are already in the village when you can see the vast rice fields surrounding you. Take the winding road to Wongaya Gede village and it will take you to Pura Luhur Batukaru at the end of the road. Pura Luhur Batukaru is a temple nestled at the southern foot of Mount Batukaru, and was built in 11th century by Mpu Kuturan. Once the site might have been used by people as a place of meditation to gain spiritual peace and to reach a balance of living.

    Location: Wongaya Gede
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  • Uluwatu, Temple in Tip of Coral Reef

    Uluwatu, Temple in Tip of Coral ReefUluwatu Temple is a Hindu temple set on the cliff bank in south part of Bali Peninsula. It is one of Sad Kahyangan Temple in Bali (six big groups of Bali Temples), located in Pecatu Village, sub district of South Kuta, and Badung Regency or about 25 km southerly part of Denpasar town. It is situated on the coral reef sordid to sea about 80 meters above the sea level. Name of Uluwatu was come from the word Ulu meaning the head and Watu meaning stone. Therefore Uluwatu Temple mean the temple built in tip of coral reef.

    Location: Pecatu
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  • Rambut Siwi Temple, the Biggest Temple in West Bali

    Rambut Siwi Temple, the Biggest Temple in West BaliThe Rambut Siwi Temple is one of the biggest of all the Hindu temples in Bali, located in Yeh Embang Kangin, Mendoyo Sub District, Jembrana Regency in the west of Bali. It is about 2 hours drives from Denpasar go to the west part of Bali or 30 minutes drive from Negara. It is simple way to reach this temple from Denpasar and just follow the main road to Gilimanuk. Rambut Siwi Temple is the location of many ceremonies and activities in the Balinese Hindu calendar.

    Location: Mendoyo
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  • Petitenget, Temple with Golden Sandy Beach in Bali

    Petitenget, Temple with Golden Sandy Beach in BaliIn Banjar Batu Belig, Kerobokan, North Kuta, there is a golden sandy beach on whose shore line stands a temple called Pura Petitenget. The history of the place is not as glamorous as we might imagine from today's jet set scene. Peti means coven and Tenget means haunted. The temple was built in the XV century, and history tells that the place was a wild area full of bushes and huge trees just like an untamed field.

    Location: Kerobokan
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  • Sakenan, the Temple at Turtle Island Bali

    Sakenan, the Temple at Turtle Island BaliSerangan Island, better known as Turtle Island, is a 379 hectares island located just 250 metres off the southeast coast of Bali. The size of the island was 112 hectares before the reclamation took place in the late 90's which included a road project connecting the island to Bali. The beach of the island is one of the preferred points to practice surfing. Serangan Island is also famous for the Balinese people as the location of Sakenan Temple, one of the most visited temples for religious purposes on the southern part of Bali.

    Location: Denpasar
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  • Melanting Temple, Perfect Atmosphere to Meditate

    Melanting Temple, Perfect Atmosphere to MeditateMelanting temple nestles in the middle of a jungle on a foot hill in Pemuteran, North Bali. The tranquility of the place creates a perfect atmosphere and ambience for people to do their prayers and also to meditate. Some people come in the night time especially to do meditation. The panorama one can see from the temple is gorgeous, the green layered hills backed the temple while from the main court one can see the blue Java Sea. The chill breeze and the natural sound of living things in the jungle are very calming.

    Location: Grokgak
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  • Ulun Danu Beratan, the Temple on the Lake

    Ulun Danu Beratan, the Temple on the LakeBacked by the enfolding green hills and the cold green waters of Lake Beratan, Ulun Danu Temple's charm enthralls visitors and attracts people from all over the world. The Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, located in Candi Kuning, Tabanan Regency, is one of the most prominent icons of Bali, and a calm and inspiring place to visit.

    Location: Candi Kuning
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  • Taman Ayun, Temple with Beautiful Garden in Bali

    Taman Ayun, Temple with Beautiful Garden in BaliTaman Ayun is an enormous temple compound nestled in Mengwi subdistrict, Badung Regency, Bali, more or less 18 km from the heart of Denpasar. Once we pass the entrance a spacious well maintained garden greets us with a nice green lawn, but unfortunately during the day time the heat can be unbearable as this front garden lacks big trees to provide shade. When we are looking for shade, the back garden is the answer. It is very nice to go along its stone path under the big trees while the birds are singing.

    Location: Mengwi
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  • Strong Sacral Ambience in Ulun Danu Batur Temple

    Strong Sacral Ambience in Ulun Danu Batur TempleUntil 1917, the Ulun Danu Batur Temple was nestled in the northwest slope of Mount Batur. The great explosion of The Mount Batur in 1917, which swallowed thousands lives and ruined the entire area, also badly damaged the temple. The head of the village and the people decided to bring the surviving shrines with them and rebuilt the temple at a higher place, Kalanganyar. In the 1926 eruption, the entire area of the Batur village, including the temple, was once again buried by lava. But the shrine of Dewi Danu located in the temple compound survived. It was a magical experience witnessed by people in the area. However, after the catastrophe not only was the temple rebuilt on high ground, but the village also shifted to a higher place. Standing gracefully on the roadside of Kintamani, the spectacular view of Mount Batur and the turquoise Lake Batur, can be seen from the innermost part of the temple.

    Location: Kintamani
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  • Dalem Ped, a Temple Built on Dry Limestone Island

    Dalem Ped, a Temple Built on Dry Limestone IslandThere is one interesting temple built on the dry limestone island of Nusa Penida. The existence of this temple has a strong correlation with the haunted image of the island. The temple that nestled on the beach on the north side of the main road and 50 meters away from the sea is called Dalem Ped Temple.

    Location: Nusa Penida
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  • Goa Lawah, a Temple in a Bat Cave

    Goa Lawah, a temple in a bat cave. Located where the regencies of Klungkung and Karangasem meet, precisely in the Pesinggahan Village, Dawan Sub Distric. You will definitely pass this temple if you go to Candidasa. It is a spacious temple compound on the left side of the road if you are going to Karangasem and right opposite it is a black sand beach where you can see Nusa Penida island on the horizon. The temple is one of the islandís nine special Sad Khayangan temples. Rsi Markandya, a priest from Java, found this holy place.

    Location: Pesinggahan
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  • Exquisite Natural Painting Pampers the Eyes in Lempuyang Luhur

    The exquisite natural painting below the hill pampers the eyes. All pain and tiredness were relinquished in Lempuyang Luhur Temple. Admiration and a purity of soul overflowed. The cool and unpolluted air fills the lungs, the serene ambience relaxes the soul, and the sanctity of the area gives a fantastic secure feeling. There are six temples along the way to the Lempuyang Luhur Temple, which is located at the summit of the hill. In reaching the temple, our patience and purity of soul are tested, and not our physical strength.

    Location: Batugunung
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  • Tanah Lot, a Holy Atmosphere Temple on the Rocky Island

    When the sun is setting creating a mixture of magenta and orange colors on the, Tanah Lot is a very spectacular sight, a holy atmosphere on the rocky island. The temple is considered as one of the most sacred places in Bali. It is not accessible to visitors but reserved for pilgrimage only. However, superb views of the temple backed by the glowing sunset can be seen from so many points nearby.

    Location: Kediri
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  • Gunung Kawi Temple, Carvings in the Mountain

    The ancient temple complex of Gunung Kawi is one of Baliís most ancient sites. Gunung Kawi temple was built by Raja Marakatapangkaja finished by Raja Anak Wungsu. Surrounded by lush green rice fields and it is hidden in a deep valley. The quiet atmosphere and strong spiritual energy makes Gunung Kawi a very special place to visit. Gunung Kawi Temple, carvings in the mountain.

    Location: Tampak Siring
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