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Temples in Bali: The Spiritual Moments

Sunset Trilogy


Key West / Uluwatu ย / Cabo da Roca

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Emotional sunset at the Uluwatu: My pick of three temples and one UNESCO World Heritage Site that are must-sees in Bali

Pura Luhur Ulu Watu


One of the most emotional sunsets that I have ever witnessed was in Uluwatu, Bali.

Bali was magical. The island was like a sponge soaked with rich and unique culture; the landscape was diversified: volcanoes, forests, Terraced paddy fields, Beaches, and Cliffsโ€ฆ I spent a week in Bali for my birthday celebration and the experience was spiritual.

IMG_8898One day the driver took us to Uluwatu. The Uluwatu Temple stands on a cliff located at the southwestern tip of Bali. It was about a 45-minute drive away from Jimbaran beach and luckily there was no traffic that day. To me, itโ€™s the best place to view the sunset as it has the perfect altitude, the perfect direction, the perfect temperature and the perfect backdrop for the entire experience. On top of that, be there a little bit earlier and get a good seat for the Kecak and Fire Dance performance before the sunset. Also, the cliff is inhibited by naughty monkeys (we were reminded that the monkeys do not like those in Ubud monkey forest ๐Ÿ™‚ They steal your hats, food and more. I heard those monkeys were trained by the temple priest… huh…)

Pura Tanah Lot, Marga


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There were a lot of Balinese Hindu temple on the island, and the must-see would probably be the Tanah Lot Temple. โ€˜Tanah Lotโ€™ (in Balinese means โ€˜land in the seaโ€™) is a unique rock formation on the shore of the island; and Tanah Lot Temple, along with the Uluwatu Temple, is one of the seven magnificent sea temples in Bali and probably the touristโ€™s favorite. Featured heavily in Bali mythologies, the photogenic temple looks mesmerizing at every angle. As I wasย sitting on a cliff overlooking the temple from afar, listening to the soothing waves crashing on the rocks every few seconds, I was as if got takenย to another spiritual place.

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Pura Tirtha Empul Temple


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IMG_8943Tirta Empul is a Hindu Balinese water temple.ย The temple pond is filled with Sacred Spring Water, where the religious Hindus come to the temple for the showers to wash away evil spirits, perform ritual purification, and get the blessings of prosperity. Luckily, visitors are also allowed to experience the blessings from the Holy Spring Water and the temple staff would be happy to provide guidance about the tradition and rules.

 

 

Goa Gajah


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Well, I didnโ€™t actually get into the water. I touched the holy water and washed off the evil spirits, though, at a difference place. Goa Gajah, or better be known as โ€˜Elephant Caveโ€™, is not a temple but a sanctuary with significant historic value. The stone carvings at the entrance of the cave looked stunning from a distance.

14 thoughts on “Temples in Bali: The Spiritual Moments

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  5. Bali is such an amazing place. It has been on mi list for like forever! Hopefully will visit soon, it is so far away from me.
    I think monkeys are like this not only in the monkey forest but in general. I’ve heard quite a few stories about stolen items even in India.

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    • Haha thanks for the info, I do think monkeys behave differently in different places – even just in Bali. Fascinating. Monkeys in the Ubud Monkey Forest are much more friendly and mild!

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  6. Bali looks amazing. I heard that after Eat Pray Love it has become a very popular destination and that it lost a bit of it’s magic because of that. I like what you did with the pictures, adding sweet stickers on them. My favorite was the big with the balloons, haha. ๐Ÿ™‚

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