The Mother temple of Bali Hinduism, built on the south slopes of the Holy Mount Agung. This Mother Temple is actually a complex made up of twenty-two temples that sits on parallel ridges. The main sanctuary of the complex is the Penataran Agung Temple which enshrines the Shiva god. Besakih Temple is said to be named after the Basukih god who is believed to live in Mount Agung. It is best advised to be aware of the local guides who ask for outrageous guide fees.
Known as a temple where the Holy water springs out. Worshippers from all over Bali come here to collect this holy water. The spring water is crystal clear so the stones and sand beneath can be seen clearly. West of Tirtha Empul Temple upon the hill is a former Presidential Summer house of the late President Soekarno, now used as a resort house for government officials. The spring water bathing area is always busy with local worshippers who come to purify themselves for ceremonial occasions.
This temple was built in homage to the God of preserver (Wisnu), who rules over water, and here one finds a number of natural springs and waterspouts known as “mini” Tirta Umple. The male bathing area is on the right and the female on the left, only children are allowed to cross between the two bathing areas. It is not recommended to take pictures of the people bathing.
Well known as Rock Temple, it sits on a large offshore rock. A popular tourist and cultural icon for its beautiful sunset, and tends to get busy in the evening times. Tanah Lot is claimed to be the work of the 15th-century priest Nirartha. It can be accessed by foot during the low tides but non-hindus are not allowed to climb the rocks. A giant snake purportedly protects the temple, which is said to be created from Nirartha’s scarf when he established the island.
Currently located in the highest and oldest rim of the caldera, Pura Batur and the village of Batur were originally located down in the caldera at the foot of Mount Batur, an active volcano. A violent eruption in 1926 destroyed both the village and the temple, except for the most important shrine, an 11-tiered meru dedicated to Dewi Danu. “Ulun Danu” literally translates as “head of the lake”.
This beautiful temple is located on the shores of Lake Brata. Built in the early 17th century, it is situated inside Candi Kuning Park in the village of Budugul. This temple is used for offering ceremonies to the Balinese water, lake and river goddess Dewi Danu. Also beside the lake there is a temple known as Cudamani which was built by the influence of Buddhism.
The Balinese Hindus believe that the incompatible things such as good:bad, life:death, holy:evil, up:below always exist at the same time. The traditional Balinese “Barong Dance” has turned this into a play. This course will take you to enjoy the Barong dance, followed by a visit to the silver smith’s village, souvenir shops, the highlands of Kintamani, Tampaksiring and lastly the Goa gajah. An Indonesian lunch will be served at a restaurant in the Kintamani area.