Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Spectacular Religious Bali Temples

Balinese temples are unique in architecture and structure and are built according to strict rules. Traditional religion is a major part of life in Bali Temples. We have listed for you the most important and most interesting to visit. Do not forget to wear decent clothes (or a Sarong) and behave accordingly, otherwise entry will be denied. Religious Bali is known as an island of thousands temples. In every village in Bali Temples, there are several temples and at least one small temple in each home of Balinese which reach to a total of 10.000.

The temple is the single most important institution on the island. Religious Bali Temples is commonly called the island of a thousand temples, although this is an understatement as every house, village, many crossroads, and irrigation points have a temple. Most pura ("temple" in Sanskrit) share a common architecture, being larger or smaller versions of the previous one you saw. The temples' structure, layout, and days of celebration (and how to celebrate), have been ordained for centuries.            
Taman Ayun Temple

Taman Ayun which means beautiful garden, is located in Mengwi Village, 18 km northwest of Denpasar. It was built in 1634 by I Gusti Agung Anom, a founder of the Mengwi Kingdom, and became the main temple for the ancient Mengwi Kingdom. The temple is surrounded by ponds which give the effect from a distance as if the temple is floating on water.Taman Ayun Temple was renovated in 1937. The grassy area of the outermost courtyard, the fine array of roofs (merus) and pavilions in the inner courtyard, and its well-kept appearance make it one of the most beautiful temples in Bali Temples.

Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple, or Pura Luhur Uluwatu, one of six key temples believed to be Bali's spiritual pillars, is renowned for its magnificent location, perched on top of a steep cliff approximately 70 metres above sea level. This temple also shares the splendid sunset backdrops as that of Tanah Lot Temple, another important temple located in the island's western shores.

Goa Lawah Temple

Goa Lawah is one of Bali’s most important temples. It features a complex built around a cave opening that is inhabited by hordes of bats, and its name translates to 'Bat Cave’. This temple was established in the 11th century by Mpu Kuturan, one of early priests who laid the foundations of Hinduism on the island.Goa Lawah is located in the village of Pesinggahan, Dawan district, bordering the Klungkung and Karangasem regencies. This landmark is one of the first stops on tours to Candidasa and further eastern regions within the Karangasem regency.

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

Ulun Danu Temple is located at the edge of lake Bratan, Bedugul area, Candikuning village, Baturiti district, Tabanan regency Bali Temples, The distance from Denpasar city about 56 kilometers to the north along the highway Denpasar - Singaraja. Ulun Danu Beratan temple is one of the most famous Balinese Hindu temple, it is also commonly called as Bali temple on the lake or Bali temple on the water because it looks like floating on the water when the water level in the lake is rising.

Lempuyang Temple

Lempuyang temple is situated on the highest of Belibis Hill, northeast of Mount Agung, in Karangasem regency. Lempuyang Temple is one in all the six major Temple in Bali island specifically Andakasa Temple, Uluwatu Temple, Watukaru Temple, Ulun Danu Batur Temple and Besakih Temple. Compare to alternative six major temple of island, Lempuyang Luhur is tiny and contains of a padmasana or the shrine of God, 2 shrines that area unit almost like padmasana and share single foundation, dedicated to Hyang Gnijaya, the founding father of Lempuyang Temple and his sons. 

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