Denpasar is the sprawling and ever-growing capital of Bali which represents a pure mix of traditional beauty and latest technologically advanced amenities. Although, the place is known for its exotic beaches, but a visit to this place is incomplete without a visit to its magnificent ancient temples. Denpasar is known to have the right blend of traditions and art, making it to be one of the most preferred places in the list of a traveler.
3 Ancient Denpasar Temples You Must Visit
Go beyond the beaches and the hustle-bustle of this developing capital city and immerse yourself into the heritage beauty of these 3 temples in Denpasar which will definitely take you on a ride to the ancient city. Save this Denpasar temples guide to plan your visit next time.
1. Sakenan Temple
This splendid temple is located at the rusty village of Serangan, a part of sub district of Denpasar and Badung regency. What makes it so beautiful is the view of the sea coastline, Nusa Dua Beach and hills from the south side of the temple. The name Sakenan comes from the word Sakya, which means to unite the mind. This temple plays has been culturally of great significance for the people of Bali. One of the major attraction of the temple is the colorful religious festival a three day long celebration which happens every six months and is popular with both locals and tourists. One of the highlights of the festival is the Ceremony of Mapag Sakenan- a religious procession carried out by local hindus.
Even before there was a proper road connecting the island to the mainland, pilgrims used to flock to this temple by foot or by boat to offer their prayers. Another fascinating thing about this temple is that both the complexes have been built with coral stones instead of bricks.
2. Jagatnatha Temple
Jagatnatha Temple is the biggest temples in Denpasar Bali and is easily the most visited one as well. Situated at Puputan Badung square the temple is very conveniently located and easy to reach.
This is another temple that depicts the rich history of the kingdom of Bali. It is a landmark feature that is locally also known as the Jagatnatha Puputan Square. There have been quite a few renovations over the years and as of now there is a big Padmasana shrine in glittering white. When you visit it, make sure to see the interiors of the temple, which still has beautiful old carvings and motifs portraying stories from the Ramayana. The walls of the temple are carved and made of white coral.
3. Pura Maospahit Temple
This is one the most ancient Denpasar Indonesia Temples which took almost two centuries to built. Starting from 13th to getting fully completed in 15th century. The temple is located at around 950 meters to the west of the famous Catur Muka Statue. The temple is called Maospahit in order to honor the god of Bali, Batara Maospahit. In its initial years, the temple has withstood a number of calamities including a massive earthquake. Even after many calamities temple has succeeded in preserving some important ancient artifacts and structures belonging to its past glory. The temple host some very beautiful and amazing brick reliefs of Garuda, Bima , Candi Kurung and other deities.
Tips To Remember Before Visiting These Denpasar Temples
- One thing you need to take care of while visiting in temple in Denpasar is the temple attire which includes a simple sarong and sash. These are easily available in and around the temples.
- Also to remember that there is prohibition for women who are going through their menstrual periods.
- The best time to visit Denpasar is when you have a lot of time in hand. Also you will enjoy and appreciate the temples more if you read or talk to locals about their history and cultural significance. There are temples near Denpasar that you can also put on your list.
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