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BESAKIH TEMPLE (Pura Besakih) – A Central Temple of Hinduism in Bali

BESAKIH TEMPLE

– All Details to Know About Besakih Temple –

WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT BESAKIH TEMPLE?

MAIN TEMPLE
A central of hinduism in Bali.
Also known as Bali’s ‘Mother Temple’.

AWESOME LOCATION
The temple located on southwest slopes of Agung volcano.
It will looks like facing the Agung volcano’s summit.

AWESOME VIEW
It’s Bali scenic temple.
Beautiful terrace and artistic temple complex.

POPULAR TEMPLE 
You are going to visit the most important temple in Bali.
It’s near to Agung volcano, you can combine to visit those places.

BESAKIH TEMPLE

WHAT IS BESAKIH TEMPLE?

DESCRIPTION:

Besakih temple  is a complex temple which located in the near of the highest mount in Bali. It was established on the slopes of Agung volcano since 1000 years ago.

The name of Besakih comes from the word “Basuki”, derived from the word “Vasuki” which means Salvation in the classical Sanskrit language. In the Samudramanthana myth, the name “Besuki” refers to the Dragon-God “Naga Besukian”, who settled in mount Agung, the holy volcano in Bali.

THE BIGGEST TEMPLE IN BESAKIH

HOW MUCH IS BESAKIH TEMPLE ENTRANCE FEE?

ENTRANCE FEE:
Adult : IDR 60K
Children : IDR 60K (over 6 years old).

*) FREE (under 6 years).

GUIDE FEE:
Free.

*) It’s included on the entrance fee.

PARKING FEE:
Scooter : Free
Car       : IDR ??

BESAKIH TEMPLE ENTRANCE FEE TICKET

WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT BESAKIH TEMPLE?

BEST TIME TO VISIT:

OPENING HOURS:
8.00 AM – 6.00 PM.

*) It will be crowded if your visit on weekend or in the same time of student visit or hinduism ceremony.

**) This place often raining and dark clouds on wet season. Better you bring your umbrella or poncho or waterproof jacket.

***) Since September 23rd, 2017 Besakih temple closed due to Mt Agung activities.

****) Update info: Since February 10th, 2018  Agung volcano status changed from Level IV (highest) to Level III. The Besakih temple available to be visited.

CEREMONY (Piodalan)/(Hindus special day):

2017:

15 November 2017, ceremony or Odalan Ida Ratu Sundaring Jagat Penataran Agung Besakih.
5 Desember 2017. Anggara Wage Pahang at pura Batu Madeg (Meru Tumpang Sanga), Besakih.
16 Desember 2017. Day of Tumpek Krurut at pura Merajan Kanginan (Ida Betara Empu Beradah), Besakih.

2018:

31 Maret 2018. ceremony of Purnama Kedasa (Odalan Betara Turun Kabeh), Besakih.
11 Mei 2018. Sukra Umanis Warigadean (Odalan Ida Ratu), Penataran Agung Besakih.

2019:

9 January 2019, ceremony or Odalan Ida Ratu Sundaring Jagat Penataran Agung Besakih.
20 January 2019, Purnama kawulu (Fullmoon 8th ceremony) at Pura Pasek/Ida Ratu Pasek.
29 January 2019, Anggara Wage Pahang at pura Batu Madeg (Meru Tumpang Sanga), Besakih.

4 February 2019, Tilem kawulu (No moon 8th ceremony) at Pura Ulun Kulkul Besakih.
9 February 2019, Tumpek Krurut Day.

6 March 2019, Buda Keliwon Matal at Pura Pedarman Arya Kanuruhan Besakih.
20 March 2019, Purnama kedasa (Fullmoon 10th ceremony) at Besakih.
26 March 2019, Anggar Kasih Perangbakat at Pura Hyangaluh/Jenggala Besakih.

20 April 2019, Tumpek Wayang Day.
24 April 2019, Buda Wage Kelawu.

25 May 2019, Tumpek Landep Day at Pura Ida ratu Pande, Besakih.
29 May 2019, Buda Wage Ukir at Pura Pasar Agung Besakih.

10 June 2019, Soma Umanis Tolu at Pura Batu Madeg Besakih.
13 June 2019, Wraspati Wage Tolu at Pura Peninjoan Besakih.
29 June 2019, Tumpek Uduh/Pengatag at Pura Manik Mas Besakih.

2020:

*) You can see hindus people praying and the sequence of ceremony it self. Awesome culture & ceremony.

UPDATE STATUS OF BESAKIH TEMPLE:

CLOSED FOR ANY VISITOR/TOURIST/PILGRIMS

*) Since March 23rd, 2020 Besakih temple has been closed according to government instruction to avoid Corona spreads.

STATUE AT BESAKIH TEMPLE

WHERE IS BESAKIH TEMPLE LOCATED?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Besakih
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Rendang
Regency (Kabupaten): Karangasem
Province (Provinsi): Bali

DISTANCE:
About 51 km northeast of Denpasar or 1 hour and 30 minutes.
About 42 km northeast of Ubud or 1 hour and 20 minutes.
About 66 km northeast of Kuta beach or 2 hours.
About 67 km north of Ngurah Rai airport or 2 hour and 15 minutes.

MAP OF BESAKIH TEMPLE:

HOW TO GET TO BESAKIH TEMPLE?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is no direct public transport to get there.

*) For backpacker i recommend you to rent a scooter to reach this temple and use google map as your navigator.

BESAKIH TEMPLE VIEW FROM THE HIGHEST POINT

*) This temple located in the highland, the weather could change rapidly. Better you bring your waterproof jacket or umbrella.

HOW IS BESAKIH TEMPLE DRESS CODE?

PRAYING DRESS CODE:
There is a dress code for Balinese people who want to pray in holy temple. They need wearing a sarong with scarf wear on the waist. It’s a typical dress for prayer/pilgrims in whole Bali island.

VISITOR/TRAVELER DRESS CODE:
For visitor/tourist/traveler you can bring your own sarong and scarf. Otherwise you can rent sarong and scarf for free at ticket window. So, you don’t need to buy it.

*) Besakih temple lend you green and violet sarong and orange/yellow/red scarf for free.

BESAKIH TEMPLE MULTI LEVEL GARDEN/PARK

OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Strong signal for your smartphone.

*) Use Telkomsel SIM card for relative better service compare to other telecom operator.

RESTROOM/TOILET:
Some restroom and toilet.

*) Better bring your own tissue.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
Some shop outside of temple selling foods, snacks and souvenirs.

BESAKIH TEMPLE

*) It’s a temple complex, a wide area that full of temples. Well, it’s too much for me. Better you combine with other destination such as Agung sunrise hiking or waterfall nearby.

**) Be careful to Besakih guide, sometimes they force you to use their services and charges with high prices. This scamming happens over and over again. Seems the Bali tourism board, temple authority and village authorities need to concern and solving this issues. It’s already deface the tourism in Bali.

BESAKIH INFORMATION BOARD

*) Update info: Seems they already managed it. They put a big poster mention the entrance fee and it’s included a local guide fee. Even if you feel any scamming or want to complain about the services, you can contact the number above. Well done, Bali! You already improved your services. All tourist & traveler feel safe now.  😉

SOME ‘SEE & DO’ NEAR BESAKIH TEMPLE:

You can combine to visit these places when you visit Besakih temple:

1. Mount Agung hiking.
2. Tukad Cepung waterfall.
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