Balinese temples are virtually on everybody’s list of must-see things when visiting Bali. With over a thousand temples on the island tourists are spoilt for choice and. for a newcomer it can be hard to get grip of what the temples stand for and how important they are to the Balinese people.
Directional temples protect the island from evil spirits and are known as kahyangan jagat and on the island you will find nine of these. All of the directional temples occupy auspicious locations, such as the side of mountains, in caves or on cliff tops and visiting these are well worth it.
Quite a few of these temples are firmly entrenched on the regular tourist routes and these include the temples of Pura Besakih (the mother temple) and the cliff top temple of Pura Luhur Uluwatu. Others include Pura Goa Lawah (bat cave) and the delightful temple on the lake Pura Ulun Dana Bratan.
Naturally not all of these directional temples are visited by tourists but here is a list of the nine directional temples. Try and visit them all if you can because each temple is fascinating in its own right:
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Pura Luhur Uluwatu on the western end of the Bukit peninsula
Pura Masceti on the south coast close to Ketewel
Pura Pasar Agung on southern the slopes of Gunung Agung in East Bali
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan at Bedugal in the Central highlands
Pura Ulun Danu Batur at Kintamani in the eastern highlands
Pura Besakih on the western slopes of Gunung Agung in East Bali
Pura Goa Lawah on the main road near Padangbai in East Bali
Pura Lempuyang on the slopes of Gunung Lempuyang near Amlapura in East Bali
Pura Luhur Batukaru on the southern slopes of Gunung Batukaru in Central Bali