Did you Know? Besakih Temple is the biggest Hindu temple in Bali. It owns beautiful view from the top of temple area where we can see the wide nature panorama until to the ocean so that way this temple is many visited by tourists from all over the world. Besakih Temple is located in Besakih countryside, Rendang sub district, Karangasem regency, east part of the island. It is located in southwest side bevel of mount Agung, the biggest mounts in Bali. It is because pursuant to Agung Mount confidence is holiest and highest mount in Bali Island. It is the reason why me and my school friends try to visiting this famous Temple.
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Bali’s “mother temple”,Besakih temple, is over 900 metres up the slopes of Gunung Agung. It has been regarded as a holy place since pre-historic times in Bali. The first recorded mention of its existence is from an inscription that dates from 1007 A.D. Since the Gelgel dynasty of the fifteenth century it has been regarded as a central, holy temple for the entire island. All the allegiances of the Balinese people come together at Besakih. Each regency has its own temple within the over-all compound, as do each of the caste groups. There is a total of 18 separate sanctuaries. The three main temples are : Pura Penataran Agung, Dedicated to Sang Hyang Widi Wasa : Pura Kiduling Kreteg, dedicated to Brahma; and Pura Batu Madeg, dedicated to Wisnu.
To the Balinese a visit to the temple sanctuaries at Besakih temple is a special pilgrimage. Each temple has its own odalan, or anniversary celebration, and on the full moon of the Balinese month “Kedasa” the entire compound of Besakih celebrates the visit of the gods, with an enormous throng of visiting pilgrims.
The Besakih’s name is come from the word of Basuki, the old language from Sanskrit Wasuki, and then it become the Ancient Java Language. In this Sanskrit, the Basuki means congratulation. In mythology of Samudramanthana has mentioned that Basuki is a dragon that twines the Mount Mandara. The omission has come from tradition megalithic which had been indicated that it had to be sanctified place. It seems, the Besakih temple is coming from very old era which is far before the existence of Hinduism influence. Hereinafter, an Ancient Bali king of Sri Kesari Warmadewa found the Merajan Selonding Temple in this temple complex area. He also commands to build the Blanjong Monument that is located in Sanur Village. The Besakih Temple complex is built pursuant to cosmos balance. It is based on the nature conception which is disseminating the fundamental temple complex that is arranged to pursuant of the way direction. So, this building can deputize nature as symbolic of the world balance existence.
We go to Besakih temple with drive a Bus? Why a bus? Because to arrive Besakih Temple it need time until 2 hours from Denpasar City and must pass the steep street. We go to there because of the ceremonial before the National Examination. We’ll pray in the Temple pray to gived fluency when confront the National Exanination.
We depart from our school at 08.00am and arrive at Batur Temple at 10.00am. Ohh yeah I forget to tell you. If we must pray to Batur Temple before go to Besakih temple. Be sides this is a praying program from the school, I think it can be a traveling event too. Because Batur and Besakih Temple are the beautiful temple which have nature panorama. In Batur Temple a can see The top of Mount Batur, and the clean water of Batur Lake.
After praying in Batur temple we must continue our trip to Besakih Temple. We quickly go to Bus, can’t calm to arrive in Besakih Temple. At 11.00am we go from Batur temple, pass the nature village in Bangli and the way like way to a forest, because on the left and right side I just can se many tree. And at 11.30 we arrive in ‘Bigest Temple in Bali’. Yes that is Besakih Temple. The Bus not carry us until the front of temple. The Bus just can arrive at Parking Area and we must walk maybe 1 until 2 km to find Besakih Temple. But don’t worry if you very lazy to walking you can rent a motorcycles biker or in Indonesia we called it ‘Ojek’. It’s not very expensive, just 10.000 rupiah they will carrying you until the front of the temple.
But I and all of my class friends choose walking to reach the Temple. Because besides make healthy walking to the Temple, I think better than just sit and rent a motorcycle biker. When we walking we laugh, tell the story about our school and where will we go after graduate from the school. It’s so fun until we don’t feel had reached in The Besakih Temple. We go to the praying area on the temple, pray for the National Examination and hope we all can graduate from our school. After finished pray, we are not go to the Bus like when we in the Batur temple. We stay a moment to see the beauty of Besakih Temple and round see this amazing Temple. And we almost forget we must go to the Bus before we leaved by the school. So don’t be late we forced to rent Ojek so can reach the Bus Parking Area quickly. And we are so lucky because the Bus want to waiting until we reach the parking area.