Remnants of a collapsed temple in Goa Gajah, Bali
Although Indonesia is predominantly Muslim, 93% of Balinese people practice Hinduism and the island is packed with luscious and lovely Hindu temples (pura) in all shapes and sizes.
When visiting a temple foreign tourists are expected to wear clothing that covers their legs and shoulders, so no shorts or tank tops. Some temples provide sarongs free or rental but the sensible thing to do is buy a nice one beforehand that will save money, hassles and also be a fine souvenir on returning home.
Balinese Hindu temples, people and daily rituals are serene and beautiful if you can ignore the buzz of motorcycles, the distant thump of re-development jack-hammers and the occasional grasping local.
Kind of ‘lost world’ effect, the remains of a fallen temple in Goa Gajah, Bali, quite near Ubud.
Goa Gajah caves, fortunately only part of this temple complex experience as the caves are small and dull. The fallen bits of temple (photo above) further away are much more evocative.
Daily offerings and prayers at a shrine in Kuta beach. Yes, to see the real Balinese religious beliefs at work watch for women carrying small platters of food (that local wildlife will enjoy later) and incense as they gently wave a hand holding a flower, make a prayer, then leave an offering at shrines all over Bali – in hotel gardens, by the beach, up a mountain, in a forest.