Besakih Temple

Bali’s largest and most famous temple, Pura Besakih, is situated high on the slopes of Mount Agung. Established around about 1007 A.D., it has been regarded as the major temple on the island of Bali, focal point of the Hindu religion, since the 15th Century. Each regency of Bali has its own sub-temple within the great Besakih complex, and all Balinese pay homage here. There are 18 separate sanctuaries, all belonging to different affiliations and caste groups. The three major temples are Pura Penataran Agung, once belonging to the royal family of Klungkung, dedicated to the Supreme God Sang Hyang Widi Wasa, Pura Kiduling Kreteg, dedicated to Brahma, and Pura Batu Medog, dedicated to Wisnu. Each of these temples has a reguler six-monthly anniversary celebration or odalan, and on the full moon of the tenth month, “Kedasa” , the entire temple celebrates a visitation of the gods. “Bhatara Turun Kabeh” ,  and roads are packed with busloads, bemoloads, and even truckloads of visiting worshippers bearing offerings from afar. The ceremonies last for ever a week. During this period the temple is filled with magnificent offerings.besakih mothe rtemple of Bali


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