Tuesday, November 27, 2018


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You have to live in a myth if you believe you live among the Gods. Maybe, a Norse, Greek, Roman, or other culture in their East counterparts. But if you live in an area dominated by Hinduism - like in Bali in Indonesia - you will carry out that idea based solely on your beliefs.

In fact, for very polytheistic people like Hinduism, the island of Bali is eternal proof that the gods might still be involved in human affairs - at least, for those who believe in faith.

Therefore, it is inevitable that Bali is considered the "Land of the Gods" in the Southeast.

But while some people might regard this claim as mere empty words or something very esoteric among Hindus themselves, the idea is more pronounced even for unbelievers of the same faith. However, what better way to do it is to establish several temples (called Pura) to describe the many gods that exist among Hindus.

When you think that a few temples will be considered enough for courage from certain beliefs to resonate throughout the region, Bali has a number of temples, counting up to 20,000 unique structures at the last count.

However, not all of these temples have the same posture. Some are considered "more holy" than others who make them temples larger than the group while the rest become less so. Take for example, the Pura Besakih which is considered the holiest of all temples and "mother" for all of them.

However, looking at religion, these 20,000 temples are smaller than the 330 million combined gods and goddesses, all classified according to their nature.

Although for most people, it cannot be helped but is captivated by the prevailing religion in the land - which is basically the spirit of Bali itself - there is another important element that makes this island worthy of people visiting.

Pura Bratan or Pura Ulun Danu Beratan - the main Shaivite water temple in Bali, Indonesia

Take, for one, radiating different Balinese cultures from their neighboring regions even though sharing similarities becomes one nationality. From the very beginning, the Balinese were said to show hospitality which, perhaps, made up for why it had become a magnet-tourist destination for the entire archipelago.

But there are also other signs of rich Balinese culture that can be seen by many people.

While infrastructure has clearly distinguished it from being strongly influenced by the dominant religion, other aspects of Balinese life have also been affected. From unique and world dance movements and ceremonies other than arts and crafts which are all Hindu, Balinese and their religion is very intertwined.

However, while mesmerizing the experience in Bali, don't forget the other parts that are just as important from your visit if you are on the island. With this, I specifically refer to the geographical arrangement and scenery that make the island a beautiful place to visit.


Taman Tirta Gangga Water Palace

Bali Tourist Attractions
The island of Bali in Indonesia serves many temples; It is even said that there are more temples than houses in that place. These temples are actually temples that are quiet and isolated but turn into festive places for every memorial and festival at the temple. During these events, there are dance, gambling and cock fighting shows. All temples in Bali face the sea, mountain or sunrise.

Among all temples, some of the most famous are as follows:

Tanah Lot Temple
If you see a temple on a Bali postcard, it is more likely that the temple is Tanah Lot. This temple is the most photographed and most visited temple on the island of Bali. Tanah Lot which means 'Land (inside) the Sea' is the home of the Land Temple - an ancient Hindu pilgrimage temple. This temple was built in the 16th century by Dang Hyang Nirartha, one of the Balinese religious leaders and a Hindu traveler. This historic temple stands on a restored rock formation when it began to collapse in 1980. Today, this site is the best place to watch the sunset; However, some people find it difficult to appreciate that because too many tourists visit every day.


Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple
Located on a steep cliff which is about 250 meters above sea level, this temple is famous for its beautiful location. This is where the name, Uluwatu, comes from; Ulu means top / tip and Watu means stone / stone. Uluwatu Temple or Uluwatu Temple is believed to be one of the six main temples of the island's spiritual pillars. Similar to Tanah Lot, Uluwatu is also displayed on a Bali postcard and has beautiful sunset views. One of the highlights of the temple is the two entrances which are separate gates that have carvings of flowers and leaves; in front of the gate is the structure of the coupling of the elephant head with the human body.

Besakih Temple
Located at an altitude of 1,000 meters on the southwest slope of Mount Agung, this temple is better known as the 'main temple'. Besakih is considered the holiest and largest temple on the island because it contains around 86 temples and 18 others. Three of these temples are dedicated to the Hindu trinity; The Great Hiding Temple for Shiva (destroyer), Pura Kiduling Kreteg for Brahma (creator), and Pura Batu Madeg for Vishnu (the preserver). Many internal pages are provided for pilgrims and are not open to the public.

elephant Cave
Goa Gajah which is 'Elephant Cave' when translated into English actually does not have elephants in it. There are several theories about the origin of names such as elephants derived from stone figures
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