Pura Besakih Temple Bali - The Mother Temple Guide.

Welcome to my personal Bali travel guide about the Pura Besakih Temple and the Pura Luhur Lempuyang Temple - probably both the most important Temples here on the island.

I’m Denis: "Om Swastiastu!" and I’m a balinese driver to hire, to show you the top places to visit in Bali. At the following I’ll introduce you the ancient and majestic Pura Besakih on the slopes of Mount Agung in Eastern Bali. Besakih Temple sits at an altitude of 900 meters and provides some of the most panoramic island views out of all the Bali temples. The temple complex consists of over 80 individual ancient temples dedicated to the three main gods of Hinduism: Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. Also known as the Mother Temple of Bali, Pura Besakih is considered the most important Hindu temple in Bali and has been regarded as a holy site for over 1,000 years.

The history of Pura Besakih Bali dates back as far as the 10th century, when the first inscriptions that mention the temple were recorded. The temple has been added to many times over the centuries, with the current main part of the temple, Pura Penataran Agung (Great Temple of State), having been constructed in the mid-14th century. Since then this Balinese temple has become one of the most significant in Hindu culture throughout Bali. Many legends surround this temple and having survived numerous earthquakes and a massive volcanic eruption in 1963, many see the temple as protected by the gods themselves.

The temple was nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, and today is one of them most popular tourist destinations in Bali.

You can reach Pura Agung Besakih by heading northeast along the main coastal highway from central Denpasar, then head north via Semarapura until you reach Mount Agung.

The journey is approximately 53 km (90 minutes) by car. The Besakih Temple entrance fee costs IDR 60,000 per adult and IDR 30,000 per child. Visiting hours are between 8am to 5pm, although the temple is open for worshippers 24 hours a day. Make sure you wear respectful clothing before visiting such as a sarong that covers your knees and shoulders. If you do not have one, you may be able to purchase or rent a sarong at the entrance for IDR 50,000-10,0000.

  • Why is the Pura Besakih Temple so famous?
    The temple complex is one of the holiest in Bali, with a history dating back 1,000 years. There are many legends attached to the temple’s continued survival despite earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Plus, the location high up on Mount Agung is one of unparalleled beauty.
  • How long is the drive from Denpasar to Pura Besakih?
    It takes approximately 90 minutes to travel to the temple by vehicle.
  • What are the Pura Besakih Temple entrance fees?
    It costs IDR 60,000 per adult and 30,000 per child to enter.
  • What should I wear at the Pura Besakih Temple?
    Ensure that clothing is modest and respectful, and covers your shoulders and knees. A sarong is recommended, which may be bought or rented for a small fee before entering the temple
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Pura Besakih - The Mother Temple of Bali

Pura Luhur
Lempuyang Temple - The Gate Of Heaven In Bali.

Another majestic holy temple is the Pura Luhur Lempuyang Temple. If you probably have an Instagram account then chances are you’ve seen this place many times. Known as The Gate of Heaven, this popular destination is part of the Pura Lempuyang temple complex in eastern Bali, high up on the slopes of Mount Lempuyang at an altitude of approximately 600 meters. The Gate of Heaven Bali frames an amazing vista featuring clouds and sky with the massive Mount Agung in the foreground. With this also being an ideal spot for catching the sunrise, it is easy to see why visitors have named it The Gate of Heaven.

Pura Luhur Lempuyang is considered one of the oldest temples in Bali, predating many other Hindu temples on the island. It is one of the Sad Kahyangan Jagad, or “six sanctuaries of the world”, which are considered the six holiest sites on Bali. The temple complex itself features seven temples dotted along a track that leads up the mountain. The Gate of Heaven itself is the entrance to the lowest temple, and if you are up to it you will be able to reach the highest temple on Mount Lempuyang’s peak, a place of tranquillity and breathtaking views.

The Temple of Heaven in Lempuyang takes approximately 2 hours (75 km) to reach by car heading northwest along the coastal highway from central Denpasar. The temple is open to visitors from 9am to 6pm, but is open 24 hours to worshippers. Entrance is free although a donation is requested.

Make sure you wear a sarong or clothing that covers your shoulders and knees before entering the temple. A Pujawali ceremony is held at the temple every 210 days, when the worshippers will come from all over the island wearing traditional clothes and bringing offerings for holy rituals.

  • Why is the Pura Luhur Lempuyang Temple called "Gate of Heaven"?
    The temple is built high up on the slopes of Mount Lempuyang and features breathtaking views of nearby Mount Agung.
  • What is the Story behind the Pura Luhur Lempuyang Temples Gate of Heaven?
    One of the oldest temples on Bali, the temple is one of the Sad Kahyangan Jagad, or “six sanctuaries of the world”, which are considered the six holiest sites on Bali. Today it is also one of the most popular Instagram spots on Bali.
  • Are there still official ceremonies at Pura Luhur Lempuyang?
    A Pujawali ceremony is held at the temple every 210 days commemorating the temple’s anniversary.

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