KARANGASEM, KOMPAS.com – One can never get bored of visiting Bali’s famous Besakih Temple that is equally historic and stunning.
Situated on a high plateau that faces Mount Agung on one side, stopping by this ancient Balinese temple takes you to a place of wonder with the cool air and smell of burning incense.
We have gathered some facts from tour guide Kadek Wardana to give you a better sense of this Balinese landmark’s story.
Of the fascinating Besakih Temple facts there are, visitors may be surprised to know that there is the main temple called Penataran Agung Besakih and 18 supporting temples.
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This beautiful Balinese landmark was nearly destroyed during the 1963 Mount Agung eruption although it has since been completely renovated.
After the renovation, Kadek said that the temple has never been affected by another eruption.
“Mount Agung has erupted several times, but the lava never made it to the temple. It has mostly received billows of ash or gravel.”
The second of several Besakih Temple facts involves a massive ceremony every March or April when the 10th full moon shows itself. The ceremony is held for 21 days complete with 24 hours of continuous prayers.
“All the Hindu people in Bali will come here. They will take turns praying so the prayer does not stop for 21 days straight.”