Temples in Bali
Bali is a beautiful Island from Indonesia known as the Island of the Gods. Or the “Island of the Thousand Temples” This Islands have a endless number of Hindu temples, each one is more beautiful than the other. It known that Bali has more temples than houses. Each village in Bali has number of temples. Besides, each home in the Bali has its own small temple. All Bali temples have a special orientation from the mountains and the sea.It’s a surprising if you would visit Bali and not see the temples. Pura is a word used here For Temples.
In Balinese-Hinduism it is believed that mountains are for the gods, the flat lands are for the people, and the sea is for the demons. (One of the reasons the ancient Balinese did not do much ocean navigation!)
The Island of Bali was initially inhabited for people from the Maritime Southeast Asia. But the greatest cultural influence arrived from India since the first century AD. Oldest temples of Bali were constructed from 913 AD such as Pura Ulun Danu Batur, Pura Kehen, Gunungkawi, amongst other.
It most of the villages you will find three types of Temples.
1.Pura Puseh is the most important temple, which used for honoring and worshiping the gods
2. Pura Desa is for the people.This temple is for the spirits that bless and protect the people.
3. Pura Dalem, is used to appease the demons and to ask for protection from the spirits.
The most important temple you don’t miss in your trip to Bali is Basakih. It is known as the Mother Temple and is located high on Mount Agung. It is the most important temple in Bali. There are over 22 structures, some dating back to the 14th century. Located here are shrines to Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu. The best time to visit a temple is during it’s festival days. It happens in every temple in every year. There is a strict prohibition against blood on sacred ground, so anyone who is bleeding, including women during their cycle, should not visit the temples. Never stand directly in front of the priest, or be at a level above the priest’s head. No flash photography. Men may be asked to wear a sash. These can be rented, but if you are going to be visiting a lot of temples it might make sense to buy your own.
So during your visit to Bali, make sure to enjoy the architecture, the sculpture, the festivities, and the sacredness of the Balinese temples. In Bali there is a accommodation facilities which satisfied guests for years with private villas rental in Bali Private Villas.
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