The Mother Temple Pura Besakih - Bali


Pura Besakih in Bali - Indonesia - is the Mother Temple of the Balinese temples. Built in the 8th Century, the Mother Temple of Besakih is the largest and most important Hindu temple on the island. The spacious temple complex has own districts for the noble families and own temples or shrines for the village communities.

Shrine in Pura Besakih Temple
The main sanctuary is Pura Penataran Agung, consecrated to the one God Sanghyang Widhi Wasa, the Hindu trinity Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva. The Eka Dasa Rudra celebration - the symbolic cleansing of the universe - takes place here every 100 years.

Pura Besakih is located on the edge of the volcano Gunung Agung. Upon the opening of the last festival in 1963 the volcano erupted and more than 1,500 people died. 
The temple has been damaged but not destroyed, which is seen by the Balinese people as a sign of the gods.

During the ceremonies, holy water is collected in palm leaves to wet the pilgrims. Heavy rains as during our visit in the rainy season are then welcome.

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