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

BESAKIH TEMPLE

– All Details to Know About Besakih Temple –

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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

bali karangaem rendang pura besakih mother 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

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HOW MUCH IS BESAKIH TEMPLE ENTRANCE FEE?

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

*) FREE (under 6 years).

  • LOCAL (DOMESTIC) VISITOR ENTRANCE FEE:
    • Adult : IDR 30K
    • Children : IDR 30K (over 6 years old).

*) GRATIS (Under 6 years)

BESAKIH TEMPLE ENTRANCE FEE

International:Entrance Fee:
AdultIDR 60K
ChildIDR 60K
Domestic (Local):
AdultIDR 30K
ChildIDR 30K

BESAKIH TEMPLE ENTRY TICKET

bali karangaem rendang pura besakih mother temple entrance fee entry ticket

OTHER FEE:

  • GUIDE FEE:
    Free.

*) It’s included on the entrance fee.

  • PARKING FEE:
    • Scooter : IDR 2K.
    • Car       : IDR 5K.

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.

  • ANNUAL CEREMONY (Piodalan)/(Hindus special day):

Purnama Kedasa (Odalan Betara Turun Kabeh) is full moon 10th ceremony. This annual event is the biggest ceremony in Besakih temple. It held for one month. All of the temples here decorated nicely and beautiful. All of Hindus pilgrims from Bali visit Besakih temple and praying here.

2017:

11 April 2017. Ceremony of Purnama Kedasa (Odalan Betara Turun Kabeh), Besakih.

2018:

31 Maret 2018. Ceremony of Purnama Kedasa (Odalan Betara Turun Kabeh), Besakih.

2019:

20 March 2019. Purnama kedasa (Fullmoon 10th ceremony) at Besakih.

2020:

7 April 2020. Ceremony of Purnama Kedasa (Odalan Betara Turun Kabeh), Besakih.

*) Due to Covid-19 pandemic situation. The ceremony held for seven days only. Start from April 7th-14th, 2020.

2021:

28 March 2021. Ceremony of Purnama Kedasa (Odalan Betara Turun Kabeh), Besakih.

*) Due to Covid-19 pandemic situation. The ceremony held for eleven days only. Start from March 28th – April 7th, 2021.

  • DECENNIAL CEREMONY (Piodalan)/(Hindus special day):

Panca Wali Krama is a ceremony in order to achieve a harmony in nature and society. This decennial event is the biggest ceremony in Besakih temple.

2019:

6 March 2019. Panca Wali Krama ceremony.

*) The ceremony start from January 20th – April 4th, 2019. But, the Grand ceremony on March 6th, 2019.

2029:

14 March 2029. Panca Wali Krama ceremony.

  • CENTENNIAL CEREMONY (Piodalan)/(Hindus special day):

Eka Dasa Rudra is a ceremony in order to achieve a harmony in macrocosmic and microcosmic. This centennial event is the biggest ceremony in Besakih temple. It held for two months.

1979:

28 March 1979.

2079:

3 March 2079.

STATUE AT BESAKIH TEMPLE

bali karangaem rendang pura besakih mother temple statue

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:

bali karangaem rendang pura besakih mother temple map

*) If you drive a scooter you can just click the map above. It’s your driving guideline.

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

bali karangaem rendang pura besakih mother temple view

*) 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.

*) White dress is popular dress for local when visiting a temple. But, other color is fine as long it’s clean.

  • 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. Just abandon the seller who offering saroong or scarf.

BESAKIH TEMPLE MULTI LEVEL GARDEN/PARK

bali karangaem rendang pura besakih mother temple multi level park garden

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

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*) 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

bali karangaem rendang pura besakih mother temple 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.  😉

PROS AND CONS:

PROS:

  1. The biggest Hindus temple in Bali.
  2. Sacred and popular Hindus temple.
  3. Fresh air and Agung volcano view.
  4. Magical, spiritual and beautiful temple.
  5. Beautiful multi level garden.

CONS:

  1. Crowded on weekend/tourist season/Indonesian holiday.
  2. No reliable public transport to here.
  3. No informative/educational signs or temple’s history.
  4. Some visitor said it’s overrated price for visit a temple.
  5. Many little shops on outside with the same stuff/souvenirs.

UPDATE STATUS OF BESAKIH TEMPLE:

OPEN FOR ANY VISITOR/TOURIST/PILGRIMS

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

**) Since July 31st, 2020 Besakih temple has been officially opened with applying healthy protocols.

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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