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Hindu temples

Posted by on January 21, 2014

Hinduism is the predominant religion of Bali, so there are many Hindu temples or Puras. By that Bali is known as the Island of a Thousand Puras. During our holiday in Bali we visited some of the most famous Hindu temples of Bali.

If you visit a pura then be aware not to step on the offerings, called canang sari. You find them in temples, but also on the streets or doorways. Furthermore people have to be dressed proper and wear long pants, but most temples provide sarongs that can be tied around the waist.

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Offerings in Bali, or canang sari, near the entrance of Pura Taman Ayun


Pura Taman Ayun, Mengwi

The most beautiful Hindu temple that we visited in Bali and the second largest temple of Bali. Taman Ayun means swimming garden and the pura was built on an island in 1634. It is a Royal Temple of the Mengwi Empire and prototype of the traditional Balinese temples. For a good view over the temple complex you can climb the tower at the west side.

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The most beautiful Hindu temple we saw in Bali: Pura Taman Ayun in Mengwi


Tanah Lot

Probably the most famous temple of Bali, this because of the location where it is built. Tanah Lot is built on an island just off the coast. With low tide it is possible to walk to the island. Tanah Lot is highly commercialized. Tourists have to pay entrance and before you reach the temple you have to cross a market with many souvenir shops.

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Tanah Lot on the island in front of the coast


Pura Luhur Uluwatu

The location of Pura Luhur Uluwatu is spectacular, just like Tanah Lot. Pura Luhur Uluwatu is built on top of a cliff. This Balinese Sea Temple was built in the 11th century. We visited the place during sunset. Despite that it was cloudy the view still was amazing. If you visit this Hindu temple, then be cautious for the hostile monkeys. They try to get gleaming objects like ear rings and glasses!

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Sunset at Pura Luhur Uluwatu

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Some of the hostile monkeys near Pura Luhur Uluwatu


Pura Dalem Agung Padantegal, Ubud

This Hindu temple is located in the Sacred Monkey Forest of Ubud. Also near Pura Dalem Agung Padantegal you need to be cautious for monkeys that try to grab bags containing food.

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Pura Dalem Agung Padantegal in the Sacred Monkey Forest of Ubud


Pura Taman Saraswati, Ubud

This temple is located in Ubud too. Unfortunately we only could see the facade. In front of the temple there is a large pond with a path in the middle towards the temple.

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Pura Taman Saraswati has a large pond in front of the temple

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