Bali has been called a paradise on earth, and you would be hard pressed to find another spot on earth that so richly deserves the title. The island of Bali, described by many as born of fire and water, is blessed with a spectacular landscape of volcanoes, intricate rice terraces, rainforest and beaches. It has a deeply spiritual culture and many colorful traditions woven into the fabric of island life, strongly influenced by the unique form of Hinduism which is the island’s main religion.
Hinduism is one of the world’s oldest religions, and has over 900 million followers worldwide. Though most of the Hindus live in India there are substantial numbers present in Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia.Temple construction in India started nearly 2000 years ago and marked the transition of Hinduism from the Vedic religion. The architecture of Hindu temples has evolved ever since resulting in a great variety of styles. They are usually dedicated to one primary Hindu deity and feature a murti (sacred image) of the deity. Although it is not mandatory for a Hindu to visit a Hindu temple regularly, they play a vital role in Hindu society and culture.
Situated on a large rock, Tanah Lot is one of the most famous Hindu temples in Bali, and probably the most photographed. The Tanah Lot temple has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries. The temple is one of 7 sea temples, each within eyesight of the next, to form a chain along the south-western coast of Bali.
Besakih Temple (Mother Temple)
Besakih is the biggest and holiest of all the Balinese temples, and is over a thousand years old. Known as the “Mother Temple of Bali” and perched on the slopes of Mount Agung, at a lofty 3,000 feet, Besakih is named after the Dragon God believed to inhabit the mountain. It’s said to be the only temple in Bali where Hindus of any caste can worship.
Eighteen separate sanctuaries belonging to different regencies and caste groups surround the three main temples dedicated to Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. To the Balinese, visiting the temple sanctuaries is a special pilgrimage. The mountain top setting gives it an almost mystical quality. If possible, try to reach Pura Besakih before 9am, when many tourist buses start to arrive, so that you can take in the lovely temple in the quiet Balinese morning.
ubud, baliIt is located in the southern hills of Bali. It is most talked for the Spots. It is famous for the arts scene as well as being recognized as a centre for relaxation. It has a lot of guest houses, hotels and spa resorts. Kecak a dance show and the traditional dance can see here. World-class restaurants are there to enjoy the variety of food items.
Monkey Forest Sanctuary
It is located in Ubud, Bali. There are four groups of monkeys each occupying different parts in the park. It is the famous tourist park in Ubud and is often visited by 10,000 tourists a month. 115 different varieties of species trees are there in the forest. Monkey Forest contains the temples named as Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, Holy spring and one more temple for cremation ceremonies.
Tirta Gangga, Bali
This is the one of the beautiful water place located in the Tirta Gaga village in Eastern Bali. It covers all over 1.2 hectares. These are in the style of unique mix of Balinese and Chinese architecture. The 500 year old banyan tree is present in the location. Lot of pools, rich sculptures, fountains stood more attention. The water of Tirta gangga is treated as the holy and regularly used for religious temple ceremonies.
It is a mountain in Bali which has the highest point on the island. The Balinese believe that this mountain is the replica of mount meru. At 3142 meters above the sea level this volcano is the Bali’s highest and sacred mountain.
It is officially known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu. It is the most spectacular temple on the island of Bali. It is a cliff-top temple and beach side caves. Protect your belongings when there are monkeys around as they sometimes lead to theft.
Jatiluwih Rice Terrace
It is the famous tourist destination in Bali. It is surrounded by a rice terrace unfolding from the foot of mountain until the coastal side. The name describes as JATI means really and LUWIH means especial, beautiful. The paddy plants in this place look typical of high relative in size compared with normal paddy plants. Very cool atmosphere because it is located in the height of 700 meters above sea level. Lot of tourist from local and foreign countries visits this place mostly those who want to enjoy the climate and with beautiful panorama rice terrace.