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Bali: The Land of Iconic Ancient Hindu Temples

Bali: The Land of Iconic Ancient Hindu Temples Anuradha Agarwal

This article is written by Anuradha Agrawal. Anuradha is a HolidayIQ curator who is a part of our #ByInvitation programme. 

Author Bio: Anuradha has been a corporate slave for a large part of her life. Presently she took a break from work to enjoy and follow her passion for travelling and writing. An avid traveller, she has travelled within India and abroad. She believes she has a lot more to cover. Anuradha wishes to write about her journeys and also wants to hear other traveller tales. 

1. Land of temple in every house and more

source: HolidayIQ reviewer Vikas Rana shot this video at the Gunung Kawi

83% of Balinese population is Hindu, rooted deep in mythology, Ramayana and Mahabharat. This is an island where you can find the difference between the 'God-fearing' and 'God loving or worshipping'. Most of the Hindus are God loving, happy, satisfied simple people with no complaints with either the God or the politicians.

The frontage of every house is a temple and the prosperity or the wealth of the houses are assessed by the size of the temple. It is said that there are more temples in Bali than houses.

Once, the Hindu Majapahit empire dominated most of the Indonesia, mainly centered in Java. It didn't "start" in Bali but most Hindu's escaped to Bali with the spread of Islam and kept the religion alive with a lot of love and fan fare.

2. The important temples of Bali

source: HolidayIQ reviewer Vikas Rana shot this video at the Uluwatu Temple

The temples are large, ancient, iconic well crafted and mostly on the shore or on a high field.

While Besakih is the mother of all temples, Uluwatu is Bali's picture postcard temple. Situated 70 meters above the blue sea and waves crashing at its invincible rocks, it is famous for its golden sunset. It also has an open amphitheater far south hosting Ramayana Ballet and Kecak Dance.

While it will fill volumes to talk about all the temples in Bali, don't miss Tanah Lot, Uluwatu, Besakih.

Gunug Kawi is towards the northeast of Ubud, the paddy plantation. It is an 11th-century funerary temple with hundreds of steps.

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