Bali Mother Temple Set on Slope Agung Mount – Besakih Temple

Besakih Temple is the biggest Hindu temple in Bali which the local people call Pura Besakih. It owns a beautiful view from the top of the temple area where we can see the wide nature panorama until to the ocean that way this temple is many visited by tourists from all over the world. Besakih Temple is located in Besakih countryside, Rendang sub district, Karangasem regency, east part of the island. Furthermore, it’s located in the southwest side bevel of Mount Agung, the biggest mount in Bali. It is because pursuant to Agung Mount confidence is the holiest and highest mount on Bali Island. Meanwhile, Basakih Temple is also called Bali Mother Temple due to the temple is the biggest temple in Bali as well as the place to worship the ancestors.

Besakih Temple in Mythology

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The Besakih’s name is coming from the word of Basuki, the old language from Sanskrit Wasuki, and then it become the Ancient Java Language. Furthermore, the Basuki in this Sanskrit means congratulation. In mythology of Samudramanthana has mentioned that Basuki is a dragon that twines the Mount Mandara. The omission has come from tradition megalithic which had been indicated that it had to be sanctified place. It seems, the Besakih is coming from very old era and far before the existence of Hinduism influence. Afterward, an Ancient Bali king of Sri Kesari Warmadewa found the Merajan Selonding Temple in this temple complex area. He also commands to build the Blanjong Monument that is located in Sanur Village. The Besakih Temple complex is built pursuant to cosmos balance. It is based on the nature conception which is disseminating the fundamental temple complex that is arranged to pursuant of the way direction.

Besakih Temple in Hindu’s Philosophy

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Besakih Temple Building

As we familiarize, that Mandala is the point direction way like East, South, West, North, as well as middle as center point. In Hindu philosophy, Panca Dewata is manifestation of Siwa God. Furthermore, Penataran Agung Temple as a center of Besakih Temple complex. It’s courtyard show the solidarity conception between the original Indonesia culture. The culture is coming from megalithic era with the form of Punden Berundak-undak that in line with Hinduism concept. The ancient omissions existing in Besakih Temple complex can be classified into 2 types those are omission pertained by megalithic tradition as well as classic era. Besakih Temple beside as the altar for Hindu people in Bali, it is also as tourist destination which is a lot of visited by tourists. This Besakih Temple is also one of the favorite places of interest in Karangasem. It is also famous as Bali Mother Temple.

Besakih Temple, East Bali Place of Interest

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Besakih Temple on Daily Visit

The location of Besakih Temple is in the plateau area with cool atmosphere surround it as well as Mount Agung as a back drop. Meanwhile, we can see the beautiful panorama of nature from the temple area to the ocean from the top of land. The cool atmosphere with the light breeze and unique temple buildings spread out in the temple complex will create the peaceful atmosphere. Therefore, it is ideally for the people who want to go for meditation. Moreover, Besakih Temple is opened for tourist and it is the great place to visit in Bali. And also, the temple is well known as Bali Mother Temple and many visited by Hindu people for worshiping to the god and ancestors.

How to locate Besakih Temple as Bali Mother Temple?

It is very easy to find this temple in Bali where most of the people have known it in particular the Balinese Hindu. It is about 2 hours away from Bali’s International Airport by car to the east part of Bali as well as located in Besakih Village, Rendang – Karangasem Regency. You may join several Bali Tours such as Besakih Temple Tour, Balinese Dance Tours, Bali Honeymoon Package 9 Days, Bali Borobudur Gili Tours, the exciting tour package to visit the places of interest on the way to this temple. Moreover, you may review other Bali Tours to visit this temple.

Places of Interest in Karangasem Regency

Karangasem Regency is one of regency in east part of Bali Island and the dry land cover the majority of land surface. However, this region is rich with places of interest that you may visit on your vacation in this paradise island of Bali. There are many other places of interest in Karangasem Regency for your references such as Besakih Temple, Bukit Jambul, Bloo Lagoon Beach, Candidasa Beach, Puri Agung Karangasem, Tenganan Village, Virgin Beach, Taman Sukasada, Tirta Gangga Water Park, Amed, Putung Village and Tulamben.


  • Parking Area
  • Public Telephone
  • Food Stall
  • Fruit Market
  • Souvenir Shops
  • Public Toilet
  • Drinks Stall
  • Police Station
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Stairs to access main temple area

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