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Pura Gaduh Temple: Home of a Giant’s Head

Explore Bali | Apr 10, 2020

Kept in one of the towers of Pura Gaduh in Blahbatuh is a statue of a giant, which legend says had parts chopped off as a peace offering to ease the tension between the temple’s priest and his congregation. Pura Gaduh, or known as Pura Kebo Iwa amongst the locals residing around the temple’s areas, […]

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Pura Petitenget Temple and the Haunted Chest

Explore Bali | Feb 21, 2020

The name ‘Petitenget’ has now become synonymous with the glitz and glamour of the Seminyak lifestyle; with some of Bali’s best hotels, restaurants, beach clubs and bars lining both sides of Petitenget Road. Though popular today for its late-night haunts, before the bright lights and upbeat music the area was once known as being haunted. […]

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Bangli’s Hidden Temples

Explore Bali | Nov 16, 2019

If you explore Bangli deeper, you’ll be amazed by the regency’s many charms not listed in any guide book – Pura Taman Pecampuhan and Pura Dalem Balingkang for instance. Bangli is best known for its Kintamani highlands, home to the majestic Lake Batur and Mount Batur. Both residents and visitors usually flock the area for […]

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Pura Sada Kapal : A Javanaese Mystery in Bali

Explore Bali | Jun 02, 2019

Pura Sada Kapal is perhaps the only temple In Bali that boasts its own, unique architectural style. It features a mixture of mainly Javanese blended with just a little bit of Balinese temple design. Each and every temple in Bali is physically striking in its own respective way. And this one, Pura SadaKapal, built by […]

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Pura Kebo Edan Temple and The God with Four Penises

Explore Bali | May 09, 2018

The sexual tension used to be high at this temple. The male worshippers envied the size of the god’s phallus, and the females were aroused. And so the statue of god Ciwa Bhairawa with his four phalluses were covered with a chequered cloth.   Pura Kebo Edan is an interesting temple with an unusual story. But […]

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Pura Rambut Siwi : The Temple That Grew from Hair

Explore Bali | May 09, 2018

Dang Hyang Nirartha stumbled upon this temple during his pilgrimage journey in the mid-sixteenth century. The temple was ruined, so Nirartha took a lock of his hair to fix it.  The biggest temple in the Jembrana regency, Pura Rambut Siwi, occupies the West coastal area with majestic grandeur of Balinese architecture and a captivating ocean […]

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Pura Samuan Tiga: The Temple of Three Gods in Disguise

Explore Bali | May 02, 2018

The story of this temple resembles that of the Olympian gods who came down to earth, disguised as mortals to save humanity. Gianyar was ruled by an unjust, wicked and somewhat atheist leader named Maya Denawa during the 11th century. And just like wicked geniuses like those villains in your favourite movies, Denawa was a […]

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Mapping Bali 26: The Inner Sanctum of Balinese Temples

Culture | Feb 06, 2018

Padmasana The most important shrine in a temple complex is the Padmasana. This is the seat of the God who is believed to become manifest during the temple ceremony. Most of these shrines have only one seat, very rarely they have multiple seats. At the main temple complex called Besakih there is a magnificent Padmasana […]

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