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The Mother Temple of Besakih

Jalan Raya Besakih | Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia
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Type: Religious Sites
Owner description: Over a thousand years old, Besakih Temple is known as the "Mother Temple of Bali". Perched on the slopes of Mount Agung, at a lofty 1000 metres (3000... more » Owner description: Over a thousand years old, Besakih Temple is known as the "Mother Temple of Bali". Perched on the slopes of Mount Agung, at a lofty 1000 metres (3000 feet)Pura Besakih is the paramount Hindu temple on Bali. Located high on the slopes of the volcano Mt. Agung, it has developed over more than a thousand years into a great complex of 22 separate temples, the largest and central being Pura Penataran Agung. The annual cycle of more than 70 rituals, which symbolically link the temples into a whole, culminates in the centenary ceremony called Ekadasa Rudra, last held in 1979. The temple complex, state-supported since the 15th century, has undergone a series of architectural and ritual changes. « less
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

There is no doubt that the temple is incredibly picturesque but we loved the funny park that went alongside it - all sorts of animal statues, and the boats on the other side of the temple: fishermen getting ready for the afternoon expedition.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

We took a long drive to see the Besakih temple and were disappointed by the scam artists that operate around the entrance of the temple. We paid our tourist entrance fee which is expected and we were ok with that payment. We were then asked to fill in a book and state the "donation" we were giving, we were told... More

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Metro Manila, Philippines
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

This was the only place in Bali or Indonesia, in general, that made me feel like I wasn't welcome. We were having our pictures taken at the foot of the temple, when a couple of foreigners were directed by their guides to go a few steps above us (and with the nerve of saying to move up some more because... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Part of the Bali visit is visit the biggest temple. The temple is very nice but the people here will all try to get your money. The way they try it was to me in a unpleasant way. Starting from the start with the donation book to the combined prayer at the temple. Skipped and avoided every other temple visit... More

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

As soon as you get here they're asking for money. The other reviews aren't exaggerated. The locals who run the temple are thieves. It's beautiful but not worth the money or being harassed. We paid 35,000 IDR to get to the entrance of the temple. Then we were asked for a "donation" which goes towards our guide (which we needed... More

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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This is a massive temple complex which is awesome. It is nice to explore around and there are a lot of things to see. Important tip for travellers: Do not hire a guide or engage with any tout. Just take the ticket at the entrance and explore around yourself.

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Calgary, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Terrible experience. Best part of visiting this place was leaving the place. They keep asking to increase the donation. Then tell you that due to local ceremonies you would not be able to visit places unless you have the guide. Guide price is included in donation but when guide is with you in secluded area, he will ask for more... More

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Bangalore, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

High up on the mountain top is this wonderful temple of the Mother. You should go there during festival times and see the beauty of the place with wonderful locals thronging there. Must visit for all holiday goers.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The only place I hadn't researched beforehand. What could go wrong eh? Seriously, AVOID it. This review is a composite of the experiences of about a dozen people I have spoken to about the place, as well as my own experience. Yes, its a very special place but the greedy local cartels completely ruin the experience. From the moment you... More

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Perth, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We didn't read any reviews before we went. Our driver told us that we will HAVE to take a guide which seemed to us strange as never in Bali you HAVE to take a guide. So we went and after paying the tickets (price printed in the ticket is different than the one you pay) we could smell what's going... More

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