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Amed to Besakih Temple

sunny 25 °C

Today we decided to head back to Lovina early via the centre of Bali as we had done the coastal path already… and visit a few places on the way… We set off at 8 after saying farewell to Iona and her family and then drove again through the rice fields towards Amlapura. We then headed off towards Besahik as I wanted to visit the temple… The road was bad and very trafficky.. but we saw where the rafting companies are and as soon as we veered right off the main raod towards Besakih the road was ours!

The temple is massive and dedicated to Brahma, Vishnu and Civa… … Each god has a colour but I am not too sure which one it was red, yellow, and black. We took a guide as I thought it would make it more interesting for the kids and he was good… He explained about the meaning of the number of roofs on the pagoda being linked to the height of a caste. The smaller amount of thatched roofs for the temples dedicated to the lowest classes such as farmers. The maximum thatched roofs of 11 for the highest castes which are the priests. The main stair case has statues on the representing the bad and the ones on the left represent the good. There are a lot of temples within the temples, each dedicated to various casts as well as the 3 gods. All statues guarding each temple had a black and white checked cloth representing again the ying and yang or god and evil. We also saw some crazy plant which if you touched was quickly closing its leaves … very funny the kids loved it…

Posted by ealonso 21:58 Archived in Indonesia

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