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Temples in Bali

Though Bali is not a temple town there are few temples which dates back to centuries and have been a must visit place while on a tourist trip most of the temples are garden temples which personify the Bali culture

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Recognize Bali’s Music

The limited interactions between Balinese villages and due to ecological reasons led to the development of Balinese music and had verity. It was also the talent of the Balinese which helped to develop the music. It’s called as gamelan which represents the instruments and not players, they represent Balinese orchestra, and with little of improvisation. It is full of elegant patterns and rhythms.

Shadow puppet performances at Bali

Wayang Kulit, the puppet Show brings in all arts like music, dance, drama and literature in it and it is expected that puppeteer to be expert in all forms of arts. The performance of Wayang Kulit forms a sacred part of most of the ceremonies, from baby ceremonies to temple anniversaries, including wedding and cremations. These performances are religious, instructive and entertaining. It has been said, watching Wayang Kulit helps to understand Indonesian politics because this performance symbolizes Indonesia.

The Historical Prastasis And Lontar

This magnificent of Pura Kehen has three sections staked one over the other. The primary stage is the oldest part and the historical prastasis and lontar are found in this level. Kala-makara is the demons carved on the striking closed gateway also named as pamedal agung whose main work is to keep the malicious spirits from incoming the blessed ground beyond the gateway.

Interpretation of Hindu Religion

The existence of the main temples of Bali termed as Kahyangan Jagad has various concepts depending on the spiritual groups hence the literature of Balinese classic has different perceptions with different reference

The book “Compilation of Seminar Decisions on Interpretation of Hindu Religion Aspects I – XV published by the local government in 1999/2000 brought in an united interpretation of all the different views of the religion experts who played an important role and compiled them

According to this book Kahyangan Jagad is divided into two different conception also known as Rwabineda which states that ), such as, Besakih Temple in Karangasem Regency as Purusa (masculine) and Batur Temple in Bangli Regency as Pradana (Feminine).

A Sacred And Holy Place In Bali

Mount Batur is a tremendous live volcano and the area is considered as a sacred and holy place in Bali.
Pura Ulun Danu , is the chief among Lake temples. It is located at northeast shore. Holy water in this lake is collected. As these lakes and rivers irrigated the land, the purity is maintained. The maintenance is done by Songan villagers.

Next to Pura Besakih, Pura Ulun Danu Batur is very popular. Here the goddess, Dewi Danu is highly honored with eleven tier meru, while the counterpart Mount Agung, contains only nine tiers. There is also a shrine that is in the form of Chinese shrine. The temple is dated back to 1000 AD. Due to volcanic eruption, major damage was caused in varied periods.

Suling are high pitched flutes

Trompong is played by a single person with long arms, along with rebab and suling.

Kendang are double end drums placed on the lap, leading the orchestra and is considered the most difficult.

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The audience from the dalang

Wayang have three types of stories, Wayang parwa which is Mahabaratha stories, Wayang Ramayana, stories of Rama and Wayang Colon Arang, stories of witch Randa.

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Temples in Bali

In Bali, a special dress code is followed during the temple visit. A sash and sarong is for both the sexes. Every aspect of life in Bali is spiritually related.

Pura Besakih

This mother Temple is the foremost vital temple. It is situated on the slopes of the Mount Agung, which is the highest mountain in Bali. The temple is 3,333ft above the level of sea. The history of the temple is since the pre-Indic period. Every village clan has it own ancestral temple and Pura Besakih is the ultimate one.
Pura Gelap is the Lightning temple, with Iswara as God, is situated in the east, and the color is white.

The cultured pearls with thick coatings

Caring For Your Pearls

Even the cultured pearls with thick coatings are more fragile than other gemstones. As such handling them must be done carefully to maintain them in the best of conditions.

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