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Hindu Temple
“Pura Besakih is a temple (pura) complex in the village of Besakih on the slopes of Mount Agung in eastern Bali, Indonesia. It is the most important, the largest and holiest temple of Hindu religion in Bali, and one of a series of Balinese temples. Perched nearly 1000 meters up the side of Gunung Agung, it is an extensive complex of 23 separate but related temples with the largest and most important being Pura Penataran Agung. The temple is built on six levels, terraced up the slope. The entrance is marked by a candi bentar (split gateway), and beyond it the Kori Agung is the gateway to the second courtyard. The precise origins of the temple are unclear but its importance as a holy site almost certainly dates from prehistoric times. The stone bases of Pura Penataran Agung and several other temples resemble megalithic stepped pyramids, which date back at least 2,000 years. It was certainly used as a Hindu place of worship from 1284 when the first Javanese conquerors settled in Bali. By the 15th century, Besakih had become a state temple of the powerful Gelgel dynasty. Pura Besakih is a complex made up of twenty-three temples that sit on parallel ridges. It has stepped terraces and flights of stairs which ascend to a number of courtyards and brick gateways that in turn lead up to the main spire or Meru structure, which is called Pura Penataran Agung. All this is aligned along a single axis and designed to lead the spiritual person upward and closer to the mountain which is considered sacred. The main sanctuary of the complex is the Pura Penataran Agung. The symbolic center of the main sanctuary is the lotus throne, or padmasana, which is therefore the ritual focus of the entire complex. It dates to around the seventeenth century. A series of eruptions of Mount Agung in 1963, which killed approximately 1,700 people also threatened Pura Besakih. The lava flows missed the temple complex by mere meters. The saving of the temple is regarded by the Balinese people as miraculous, and a signal from the gods that they wished to demonstrate their power but not destroy the monument the Balinese faithful had erected.”
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Hindu Temple
“Besakih Temple, known as Bali’s ‘Mother Temple’ for over 1,000 years, sits 1,000 metres high on the southwestern slopes of Mount Agung. Besakih is an artistic and unique complex that comprises at least 86 temples which include the main Pura Penataran Agung (the Great Temple of State) and 18 others.”
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Administrative Area Level 4
“Mother temple of all Hindu temples in Bali - Beautiful view and great to learn about hinduism”
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Temple
“Pura Agung Besakih at an altitude of about 1000 meters above sea level, is the biggest Temple in Bali island. In an area of not less than 12km2, Besakih Temple deserves declared as the biggest temple in Bali, even in Indonesia. With a background of Mount Agung, Besakih Temple which occupies the downhill was designed so beautifully to the rhythm of the land's slope. Pura Agung Besakihalso deserves declared as the center of Kahyangan Jagatas 4 among the 18 temple of Pura Pekideh called Catur Lokapala as a manifestation of God's power in four-way directions (Brahma, Wisnu, Iswara and Mahadewa). Penataran Agung Temple is the central point with main shrine Padma Tiga as worship of Lord Siwa. ”
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Establishment
“Put on your hiking shoes, jacket and long trousers. Let us help you to get on the top of Gunung Agung, the biggest Bali volcano. Start at 2am to see to unforgetable sunrise.”
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Place of Worship
“Si vous visitez le temple de Besakih, arretez vous à un des nombreux restaurants avec vue sur le volcan ----- When you visit Besakih temple, stop by a restaurant with a view on the volcano for lunch ”
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Administrative Area Level 3
“Close to the mother temple of Besakih; a great place for wild water rafting. A scenic 40 minutes trip through the hills and the rice fields will take you there. ”
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Point of Interest
Establishment
“Besakih Temple is the biggest Hindu temple in Bali. It has a beautiful view from the top of temple where we can see a panoramic view all the way to the ocean.”
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