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Sangsit, Bali Overview

Located about 6 kms away from Singaraja in Buleleng regency, Sangsit is a small village best known for its temple Pura Beji. Dedicated to the goddess of rice fields, Dewa Sri, the temple has carvings of Hindu mythological figures, serpents and vines. The 15th-century temple is famous for the unusual Dutch carving of musicians on its walls.

Sangsit’s Pura Beji temple is a beautiful example of a colorful architectural style which is visible in the North of Bali. The temple is dedicated to the rice goddess is greatly revered by the farmers. The temple boasts of beautiful carvings where traces of colour have been found and they serve as an indication that the temple might have been painted at some point of time.

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History

The history of the temple goes back to the 15th Century when the Hindu Brahmins visited Bali from East Java. At this point of time, Bali was known as Beji. The word Beji means pond and it is easily visible here with a beautiful little pond which serves as a symbol of purity for the temple.

The water serves as a symbol of the irrigation system which was adopted by the farmers to save their paddy fields, thus the temple gets the name ‘subak’ and the temple is also popularly referred to as the Pura Subak Beji.

The temple has undergone restoration work from time to time; however, all efforts have been taken to preserve the sanctity of the temple in its original state.

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