Pura Masceti or Masceti Temple is one of the nine important directional temples in Bali. It is located on the northern shore of Masceti Beach in the Medahan Village.
Bali is also known as the “Island of a thousand Puras”, as it is home to, literally, over a thousand Puras, or Balinese Hindu Temples. Of these, there are nine directional temples that protect the island from evil spirits. They are also known as kahyangan jagat and are placed in very auspicious locations across Bali, on mountain sides, caves, cliff tops and beaches.
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Pura Masceti’s main entrance faces the gorgeous beach. This temple is said to be one of Lord Vishnu’s regular places of worship. Legends say that Lord Vishnu was in a relationship with Goddess Lakshmi, Hindu Goddess of wealth and prosperity, and they used to spend a lot of time on Masceti Beach. An argument they had here led to their separation and the goddess dividing the beach in two – Masceti Beach and Saba Beach. As a result, since early days, locals believe that the bond of couples who visit the temple together will not last
The temple is home to some intricately carved stone statues. The beach itself is very picturesque and is believed to be very spiritual. The beach is often used for Hindu religious ceremonies.
Due to it being a designated sacred site, sunbathing, relaxing on the beach and water-sports are strictly prohibited. However, Masceti Beach, like many of the religious areas in Bali is very popular among travellers who enjoy spiritual tourism.
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