Besakih Temple

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Timings : 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Time Required : 1-2 hours

Entry Fee : IDR: 15,000

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Besakih Temple, Bali Overview

Known as Bali's 'Mother Temple', Pura Besakih is a majestic Hindu temple complex perched on the slopes of Mount Agung in Bali. The complex houses 23 separate temples and is believed to be at least 2000 years old. Sat in the lap of nature, nestled in between rice paddies, hillsides, and streams Besakih Temple adds to the feeling of serenity the temple is known for. The primary deities of this beautiful temple are Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. This huge temple complex comprises of around 86 temple shrines. Out of this, there are three main temples which are dedicated to the trinity in Hindu mythology, that is- Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.

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Places to See

Pura Penataran Agung (the Great Temple of State):
The main temple is the Pura Penataran Agung or the Great Temple of State. This temple is the largest in the entire complex and comprises of different areas which are symbolic of the seven different layers of the universe.

Pura Batu Tirtha:
Pura Batu Tirtha is a sacred place in the temple premises from where the holy water is sourced and collected to perform the different temple rituals.

The Four Main Temples:
The compass of the points between the four temples is said to depict the place where Lord Vishnu descended on the Earth and it acts as evidence how the divine powers interrelate with the world. These four temples include Pura Batu Madeg in the north, Pura Kiduling Kreteg to the south, Pura Gelap in the east, and Pura Ulun Kulkul in the west.

Setra Agung- Burial grounds:
To the south of the temple complex, one will find the sacred burial grounds along with ancient and mythical statues of the Garuda bird of Hindu mythology.


  • At the temple, it is important to dress appropriately and cover your legs and shoulders.
  • One can also use a sarong for the same. There are also many shop vendors nearby from where one can rent clothes for IDR 50 to IDR 100.
  • While making the payments, make sure to carry cash as they do not accept cards.
  • Lastly, hire a local guide who will give interesting information and narrate exciting anecdotes about the place to make for an enriching experience.
  • Visit early morning to avoid the heavy tourist crowds

How To Reach Besakih Temple

  • Besakih Temple is located at a high altitude of almost 1000 meters above sea level on the slopes of the famous Mount Agung. 
  • If one is traveling from Kuta, Seminyak, Jimbaran, and Denpasa then take the Kusamba Bypass to Klungkung.
  • There is no public transport available to reach Besakih Temple so it is advisable to hire a private car to the place.
    Address: Besakih, Rendang, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia

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