Besakih Temple Bali

All information about the biggest Hindu temple in Bali

Besakih Temple is known as the mother temple in Bali. The biggest temple for 4 million Balinese Hindus. Located in the regency of Karangasem and standing majestically at the foot of Mount Agung, the holiest places in Balinese local belief.

Besakih Temple Built

Besakih temple is built by a famous priest in Bali named Rsi Markandeya in 1284, he is a famous priest who came from India and built many important temples in Bali in maintaining the sacredness and holiness of Bali.

Name of Besakih Temple

The name of Besakih temple comes from Sanskrit language , one of the oldest languages in the world which is in command use in India and became the sacred text of hinduism vedas, the sacred book in hinduism religions. Besakih means Basuki and Basuki means selamat or safe.

Opening Hours

Besakih temple is open everyday for local people and international tourists to visit or pray. The temple is open 24 hours for paying and tickets for tourists are open from 7 am to 6 pm. The best time to visit Besakih temple is in the morning around 9 am to 11 am for a better view and avoid the scorching sun. The full moon and new moon can be a good time to visit for those of you who would like to see some balinese rituals and can be bad for those of you who don’t like crowded places.

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The Location of Besakih Temple

Besakih temple is located about 40 km from Ubud center and can be reached in a 90 minutes drive by your private car. The temple is surrounded by a beautiful rain forest and panoramic view of mount agung. Located in north east Bali, Besakih village, Rendang district and Karangasem regency-Bali. Besakih temple complex has one main temple and 18 small temples that surround it.

Each of the cardinal directions is called a mandala with a ruling deity called “Dewa Chess Lokapala”. The middle mandala is the axis, so the five mandalas are manifested as the “Panca Dewata”.

Besakih Temple History

Besakih Temple was built by Rsi Markandeya, a man who came after an expedition from Mount Raung on the island of Java along with 800 of his followers to create an equation or special educational institution for Hinduism.
In his plan to build a Pasraman from Java to Bali, some of his followers were affected by the plague and eventually died. Finally returned to the island of Java and did meditation on Mount Raung to get instructions on what to do to save his followers in the expansion of the spread of Hinduism in Bali.
Rsi Markandya came to Bali after receiving God’s instructions. By doing the Panca Datu ritual, Panca Datu is the planting of 5 elements of the metal type of clock at the foot of the mountain, the 5 types of metal are gold, silver, bronze, copper and gems. Finally, he and his followers are safe after doing the ritual.

Concept of the temple

Pura Besakih was built with the concept of Padma Buana or Lotus where the essence of the Lotus is in the middle or symbolized by Pura Besakih with “padma three” as worship of Lord Shiva. The first group is catur lokapala, namely 4 temples which symbolize the west, east, south and north directions. The temples are:
Pura Gelap or Dark, symbolized by Lempuyang Temple for the worship of Lord Iswara
Kiduling Kreteg Temple symbolizes Andakasa Temple for worship of Lord Brahma
Batu Madeg Temple is a symbol of Ulun Danu Batur Temple, worshiping Lord Vishnu
Ulun Kulkul Temple symbolizes Batukaru Temple as a worship of God Mahadeva and Penataran as the core.


Other temple complex in Besakih

  • Pura Lawang Agung
  • Pura Pesimpangan
  • Pura Dalem Puri
  • Pura Tegal Penasaran
  • Pura Batu Mencepak
  • Pura Ugal Agil
  • Pura Segara Geseng
  • Pura Manik Mas
  • Pura Bangun Sakti
  • Pura Ulun Kulkul
  • Pura Merajan selonding
  • Pura Goa
  • Pura Rambut Sedana
  • Pura Merajan Kanginan
  • Pura Hyang Haluh
  • Pura Basukian
  • Pura Penataran Agung

Entrance fee and Dress code

All visitors who enter the Besakih Temple area are expected to use the sarong that has been provided at the Besakih Temple ticket counter. The ticket price to visit Besakih Temple is IDR 60,000 per person, this price includes go-jek transportation to the temple and also a local guide.

besakih temple entrance fee

Transportation Options

So there are many driver services to get around Bali. Transportation options that you can choose for your Bali trip such as below.

1.Using a Motorcycle

For cost-effective transportation options, you can use a motorcycle. There are many motorbike rental services in Bali with a range of motorbike rental prices of around Rp 100,000 – Rp 200,000 / 24 hours a day

2. Looking for Car Rental Services with Drivers in Bali >>Car Rental

By renting a car + driver in Bali, it will be very easy for you to travel from one tourist spot in Bali to another. Without thinking about finding a parking space, looking for shortcuts, and thinking about road congestion.

In the area of ​​the tourist attraction of Bali, there is very rarely a car park available. Most people park on the side of the highway and are very often full. Because of this, we strongly recommend that you find a car rental service provider in Bali with a driver.

3. Buy a Cheap Tour Package in Bali >> Bali Driver

Because Bali is very famous and gets very high demand from tourists so a lot of travel business providers that provide Bali tour packages. The advantages of buying cheap tour packages in Bali with the Ubud route, you get the advantages of car rental services with drivers. Besides that, your tour schedule will be planned and directed and your holiday budget in Bali will be planned.

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