Pura Besakih - Mother Temple
Pura Besakih is a must-go place. High on the slopes of Bali's Mount Agung sits Pura Besakih, widely referred to as the "Mother Temple" of Hinduism in Bali. Pura Besakih is the largest of the island's 11,000 or so Hindu temples; its 35 shrines and halls draw devotees from all over Bali in massive numbers each year.
The walk on the steep hill was exhausting at best. The temple was built at about 900 meters right at the foothills of the majestic Mount. Agung. Two locals came taunting to rent out their motorcycles. We refused. They continued their selling pitch until the climb was about halfway before they gave up.
The center of attraction for Pura Besakih is the Pura Penataran Agung. It is a bit eerie in its beauty. The inner courtyard at the center is off limits to visitors (as it is considered the most sacred), but you can get a fairly good look from several vantage points around the temple.
A peek into the vast courtyard revealed 3 main shrines, each enthrones the Trisakti (or Trinity). Each deity has its own color symbol - white for Shiva, red for Brahma and black for Vishnu. There was a religious ceremony held inside the grand temple's courtyard.