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Address: Jl. Raya Besakih, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia
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Description: Over a thousand years old, Besakih Temple is known as the "Mother Temple...
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.
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Nice temple but Unfriendly locals

The temple by itself is a very beautiful temple.The architecture is good. It gives one a good experience of the culture and the rituals practised. Apart from this there was... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Pune, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The temple by itself is a very beautiful temple.The architecture is good. It gives one a good experience of the culture and the rituals practised. Apart from this there was nothing we liked about the temple. Below are the things we did not like: 1) The temple complex is not maintained though tourists are charged an entrance fee. 2) One... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The place is worth visiting the 3 levels, Earth, Medieval and Heavens. The temple at the top has a privy entrance and not be interested. Its not commercialized and is the domain of the surrounding villages. The colorful functions are good to see with the culture and traditions are practiced here. Many reviewers have complained of extortion here, and was... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The temple is fantastic. I loved the dark roofs that make a fantastic contrast with th red and gold paintings on wood. The problem is the children trying to sell you post cards and all the shops arround the temple. This comercial side makes you loose the spiritual side of theis place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Liked: Was amazed by the mere size of temple complex. Had different complexes for different dieties and communities of people in the past. Most of the entrances had kaurava and pandava statue depicting the bad and good spirit. Apparently the lava from the volcano had stopped near the temple. Unlike India, there were no idols in the main sanctorium. disliked... More 

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Boise
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Many give this temple poor marks due to the aggressive locals. However, it is an impressive complex and worth visiting. Expect to be harassed for money by the locals and it can be funny. In order to see the temple, you first pay a legitimate fee to the government. Then, after entering you pay a bribe that also gets you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The Temple is Big in size, has various temples within the group of temples. Has a nice background of mountain peak, but is not as picturesque as few other temples in Bali. Being the largest, a visitor to temples, must visit this. It is also known as Mother of All temples.

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Denpasar, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Besakih temple is a biggest temple in bali, its about 1 hour if we Walk around in The temple, The location of temple is very quiet, east of bali And high position

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Normally you only have to pay for an official ticket (around 15.000 rupiahs) but there is a fake guide corporation that tries to sell you the service of a "sacred" guide that can lead you inside the temple. You have to decline it (above all considering the price they ask for it : 100.000 rupiah per person !). It is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We enjoyed walking around checking the place outand had a guide showing us around. But it all is some kind of setup to try to get money out of tourists for some parts. We had some information from our private guide showing us the areas north of Ubud so I guess we were lucky knowing this before. They try to... More 

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Munich, Germany
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Our encounter with the so-called "temple guardians" at the Besakih temple in Bali prompted me for the first time ever to contribute to Tripadvisor to share our experience with other visitors who either mentally prepare for a special situation in order to deal with it or avoid the place altogether. On different occasions more than 20 years ago I visited... More 

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