Places to visit

Pura Besakih, the revered Mother Temple of Bali


Facing Mt. Agung’s highest peak, believed to be the abode of the gods, and located at an altitude of 900 meters, Pura Besakih is built in the village of Besakih, in the eastern part of Bali . The name Besakih comes from the word “Basuki”, derived from the word “Wasuki” which means Salvation in the classical Sanskrit language. Whereas, in the Samudramanthana mythology, the same name “Besuki” in fact refers to the Dragon-God “Naga Besukian”, who inhabited Gunung Agung, the main volcano in Bali .

This grand temple complex has been revered as a holy place since ancient times. The first recorded mention of its existence comes from an inscription dating back to 1007 AD. It is known that since the 15th century Besakih was regarded as the central temple of Hinduism in Bali .

 Pura Penataran Agung, or the “Great Temple of State” is the center of the temple complex and is is Bali ’s main place of worship, a complex comprising twenty-two temples on six rising terraces set on parallel ridges.

 This complex expresses the essential belief of the Balinese known as Tri Hita Kirana, meaning that life on earth must be lived and kept in balance and harmony between man and God, man and society and his fellow human beings, and man and his natural environment.

During a full moon, Balinese and pilgrims throng to the temple. During the festival of Odalan, the temple is most elaborately decorated. Odalan is celebrated on every 210th day.

Away from the loud parties of Kuta Beach, leaving the thrilling waves of Uluwatu behind and the modern facilities of Nusa Dua, then traveling beyond enchanting  Ubud, a visit to Pura Besakih is truly a spiritual experience into the heart of Balinese religious and cultural life.

To Stay

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Great Mountain Views Villa Resort

Banjar. Alastunggal 80862 Bali

Puri Karang Residence

Undisan, 80612 Bangli

Embang Homestay

Banjar Tabola,Sidemen 80365 Bali Bali

Tanto Villa

Jl. Raya Sidemen, Banjar Tebola 80811 Bali

Villa Abian Ayu

Banjar Tebola, Karangasem, 80864 Sidemen

Villa Shantiasa Bali

Br. Budamanis, Sidemen - Karangasem, 80864 Sidemen

Villa Sidemen

Kikian, Sidemen, Karangasem, 80864 Sidemen

Lihat Sawah 1

Banjar Tebola, Karangasem, 80362 Sidemen

Khrisna Homestay

Jl. Raya Sidemen, Banjar Tebola Bali

Kubu Tani

Banjar Tebola, Karangasem, 80362 Sidemen

Villa Aura Surga

Br. Tebola, Sidemen - Karangasem, 80864 Sidemen

Kintamani Backpackers @ Lakeview

Jl. Raya Penelokan, Kintamani - Bangli, 80361 Kintamani

Besakih is easily reached from all parts of Bali . You can stay anywhere on the island and visit the temple. All over Bali there is a range of accommodation options, from super deluxe hotels to the more affordable home stays. It is also possible to stay with the locals.


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