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Temple, holy places and Vulcane Opfer

 

Temples in Bali are not usually buildings or religious grounds, but places were Gods and Demons “life and work”. You can see it practically everywhere on Bali, at crossings, in the middle of rice fields, in market halls, house entrances, a.s.o., because the people lay down daily their offerings, like little baskets with flowers, rice and fruits. On our tour through Bali we saw always again and again small temples, religious celebrations and processions and it was fascinating for us.
    

Pura Ulun Danu Batur  temple

 

Independently of these small temples, naturally the large temple districts fascinated us at all with their extraordinary method of building and their situation at the landscape.

The visit of the Pura Besakih, the mother temple and religious centre of Bali, at the foot of the holy mountain Mt. Augung, belonged, despite or straight because of the low-hanging clouds, to our mysteriously experiences.

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 Pura Besakih
 Pura Besakih   Pura Besakih   Pura Besakih

 

The colourful dressed and funny Gamelan musicians at the foot of the temple were a high-contrast to the respectful and religious dominance of the temple district.
     

Gammelan-player

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In the middle of the grandiose mountains lies the Bratan Lake with its charmful, small sea-temple Pura Ulun Danu, which impressed us at the first sight with its wonderful situation and simple beauty. This temple belongs to the most visited places of Balinese families.
    

temple,l Pura Ulun Danu  temple, Pura Ulun Danu
temple, Pura Ulun Danu

 

At the southwest point of Bali, on approx. 100 m high over the cliffs is the sanctuary Pura Luhur Ulu Watu built from coral stones. The grandiose nature and the high waves deep under, impressed us nearly exactly the same as the temple and the nice paths along the cliffs. We went with a guide through the temple district. He protected us for the cheeky monkeys and also talk about the European football.

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we - Pura Luhur Ulu Watu  Pura Luhur Ulu Watu

An absolutely must for every Bali tourist is the visit of the temple Pura Tanah Lot. Also for us, was the most illustrated temple Balis an obligation. It was surprising for us that around the temple, breakwaters are built as protection of the temple. Cranes and scaffolds were established and destroyed the picture of the well-known photo motive Balis.
     

Pura Tanah Lot  Pura Tanah Lot

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Actually we wanted to do an evening and/or early morning hike on the top of holy mountain Mt. Augung. But the volcano was into big clouds, so that it was no possible to climb up. So we could only see the highest mountain and still active volcano Balis from the distance. But the Gods did not show up benevolently, although everywhere at the foot of the mountain villages and temples celebrations were held and the roads were decorated with garlands and umbrellas.
      

Mt. Augung  Mt.Batur, lake Batur
village  Figur

 

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