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Pura Besakih - The Mother Temple of Besakih

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Address: Jalan 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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up-side : very nice location and view, definitely worth a visit. Temple is huge and holds a century's memory. Had a chance to do a simple praying for blessing. down-side : It's... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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Kolkata, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Beautiful temple to go visit if you have time in your plans.. its a long tour to reach the temple and absurd to find the temple law in Bali restricting only local Bali people to go inside the temple... a value to visit if you have nothing else to do..

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Poole, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This temple is stunning and incredibly "photogenic" . We were fortunate to visit it almost by ourselves and reading the rather negative TripAdvisor reviews afterwards made me realise that we were lucky not to have been subjected to the financial hustling encountered by other reviewers . Politeness and firmness usually win the day in such situations , but don't miss... More 

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Ubud, Indonesia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I worked as a tour guide and took my customer to this temple very often. Almost 2-3 times a week depend of how interest are my customer to this Temple. At the first they told me really want to visit because this place considered as one of our best temple in Bali. But, the problem is when tourist saw mostly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

The temple is stunningly beautiful. We were lucky to visit it on a bright day with clear blue skies which offered a nice background to the dark grey towers. We were probably also lucky not to be hounded by touts because we visited during a lean, afternoon time. The temple complex consists of multiple smaller temples. It is interesting to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

up-side : very nice location and view, definitely worth a visit. Temple is huge and holds a century's memory. Had a chance to do a simple praying for blessing. down-side : It's all about money. Ridiculous fee for a guide. somewhat forced to donate a 'certain' amount after praying. using kids to sell items (selling items are okay but they... More 

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Middleton, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I was fortunate enough to be taken there by a yayasan I was volunteering with. A fellow volunteer and I were the only westerners among hundreds and hundreds of Balinese at a ceremony. What a treat. If you have ever been in a massive Cathedral or tiny Chapel and felt a spiritual presence, then you will surely feel one here.... More 

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olten, switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The Mother Temple is known as the Mother Temple because it is the biggest temple in Bali. I believe a lot of significant rituals are also performed here because of that. We visited quite late in the day as the sun was going down so it probably wasn't the best view, but I still found the temple an impressive collection... More 

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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

TIP - The local guides there are supposedly troublesome who force you to engage then as your guide. They also force people to make "donations". Only place in the entire island where people try to cheat tourists. TIP - Ask you cab driver to be your local tour guide so that you are not troubled by the locals there. However,... More 

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nagpur,india
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This is a mother teple in bali and consists of a complex of many small temples.This is like a typical south indian temple.Being Indian wanted to visit this temple ,but as soon as I came out of my car,local guides started asking me entry fee,compulsory donation,and that too large value and restricted me to enter without that.There was lot of... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

So looks like the TA community catching on here and I want to reiterate that tourists take caution when visiting this otherwise lovely Temple. As of May 8, 2015, the best way to put it is that a local "gang" who poses as temple guides confuses, intimidates and cons you out of your money when visiting this site. Local tour... More 

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