Perhaps the most renowned feature of the Besakih Temple is its truly breathtaking location. Perched on the slopes of the sacred Mount Agung, the Besakih Temple most certainly emulates the serene aura of Hinduism. Besakih is the most important Hindu place of worship in Bali, Indonesia. It is known locally as the Pura Besakih and draws in hundreds of devout worshippers year after year from all over the world. As the morning sun shines upon the magnificent architecture of this temple, it certainly creates a breathtaking picture that will be etched in your memory long after you have visited the temple.
The Besakih temple is the largest and one of the oldest Hindu temples in the region. It is thought to go back to the 14th century, although the exact date of it coming to life is unknown. The Besakih temple has a unique architecture. Composing of 22 temples that are kept on parallel ridges, it gives a whole new grandeur to the whole temple complex. Throughout the temple there are a number of balconies and stairs that reach up to a several courts and brick structures that lead to the primary spire that is also known as the Pura Penataran Agung. Everything is designed to align along a single axis in order to guide the devotee closer to the sacred mountain. The Pura Penataran Agung is the highlight of the temple. In it you can find the sacred Padmasanna, a lotus throne that is thought to date back to the 17th century. In addition to having the ritual Hindu sanctity the temple, having narrowly missed massive lava flows is believed to be magical and a sign from the gods that even though they show their power through volcanoes they will not destroy this sacred monument of Hinduism.
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