Beautiful Bali has been called the famed island of the Gods. With its varied landscape of sandy beaches, hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and cliffs, gorgeous waterfalls, as well as lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides, some people claim that Bali is a paradise on earth. But Bali also has a colorful and deeply spiritual culture, which is why it is known as the “island of a thousand temples.” There are sea temples, directional temples and so many others so that 1,000 is an understatement. In fact, everywhere you go, you see a temple.

“There are so many temples that the Government does not bother to count them.” There are also monkeys guarding the temples, monkeys in the rain forest, and even bats in a cave temple. Here’s a look at the sea temples, some wonderfully cute wildlife like monkeys, and some other stunning temples on the paradise on earth known as beautiful Bali.

Uluwatu Temple is situated at an altitude of 1997 meters (6551.8 feet) above sea level. It is also a sea temple. In front of the temple there is a small forest called kekeran base, serves as a support of the sanctity of the temple. Each of the seven Balinese sea temples are said to be visible from the next, forming a ‘chain’ around the coast of Bali. Many of the most important sea temples are along the south-west coast of the island

“The lake in which it stands is a volcanic lake filling the crater of a monster volcano. Bali has several active volcanoes. The last eruption took place in 1996 when Gunung Agung exploded killing some 2000+ The Balinese blamed it on their priests. Apparently they had gotten the date for an important cleansing ritual wrong by about a decade”

Mystical setting at Ulun Danu Temple complex. Ulun means heart, Danu means lake. This Temple is dedicated to the Goddess of The lake. This lake supplies water to the rice field

Pura Gere Perancak, stone crocodiles at another one of seven Balinese sea temples. Pura is another name for temple. More explaining Balinese temples: Bali. “There are even lonely shrines on the oddest places where one does not expect them at all. Every family, every compound, every clan or society has a temple; you mention a society or organization and has a temple. In the compound where the family lives there is the family temple. The desa, village itself must have at least three temples”

The name Rambut Siwi is closely related to the holy journey of Hindu prophet Danghyang Nirartha in the sixteenth century. It one of seven sea temples in Bali. Rambut Siwi is situated on a cliff with a breathtaking view of rice fields on one side and the black sand beaches on the other side, with the island of Java in the distant background. Visitors can see traditional salt making facilities not far from the shrine at Pura Rambut Siwi. “At This site Niratha is said to have made a gift of a lock of his hair, which was worshiped. Rambut Siwi translates as ‘worship of the hair’ and the tale is reminiscent of the Buddhist story of Gautama giving eight hairs to Tapussa and Bhallika, which are now enshrined at Shwedagon”

Pura Sakenan, on a Serangan Island, a small island in Bali located between Benoa and Sanur. This is how the temple appeared 100 years ago, as this photo was taken between 1910-1920

“Taman Ayun literally translated means beautiful garden, and this temple, situated in the village of Mengwi, 18 km west of Denpasar, is indeed one of Bali’s most picturesque temples. Its stately proportioned courtyards and large surrounding moat were built in the year 1634 by the King of Mengwi, I Gusti Agung Anom

Rice terrace in Bali near temple

“The sacred hot springs ‘Air Panas’ of Banjar are set in the midst of the jungle in a beautifully landscaped tropical garden, close to Lovina Beach, and it consist of three public and one private pool,” wrote the photographer. “The sulphuric water is of volcanic origin and has an agreeable warm temperature of 37 degrees Celcius, ideal for people suffering from rheumatic diseases. The hot spring water gushes from the mouths of eight stone carved naga (mythical, dragon-like creatures) into the oblong shaped upper pool”

Thousands of Fruit Bats pile onto each other on the cliffs and caves overlooking Tanah Lot Temple in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia. In fact, there are so many bats that you might think this is a bat cave . . .

But this is the bat cave at the ancient Bat Temple, also known as Pura Goa Lawah. Goa Lawah Temple “is one in six representative temples in Bali. This temple is famous as ‘Bat’s cave temple’. It is a very old temple said that Saint Mpu Kuturan built in 1007. This photo was taken circa 1930. Several thousand bats are flying about in the cave. There is a legend that this cave continues to Pura Besakih.

Mystic Bali. “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift”


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