Saturday, April 11, 2009

Bali and Water

Water is an important aspect for Balinese Hindu people. About two weeks ago they're celebrating Melasti Festival, a festival that ended on water (could be sea, river or even lake). There's a place in Bali, at Tampaksiring area called as Tirta Empul. Tirta means water. People came to this place to purify themself on the spring (like in this picture). It's believed that the water in Tirta Empul will purify Hindu people from evil. The legend said that Tirta Empul was created by God Indra, one of the God in Hinduism.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Besakih, the Largest Shrine

The largest shrine in Bali is Besakih, as in above picture. It is located in the previous Karangasem Kingdom, the first Kingdom in Bali. This shrine was the place where the royalty family praised God. The size and the interior of this shrine is so beautiful. Unluckily the guides and traders there are really annoying.