The mother temple of Besakih is located at the foot of Mount Agung, about 48
kilometres from the Denpasar city and approximately 17 kilometres from the
Karangasem city. The name Besakih is derived from the word "Basuki" which
literally translates saved terms of historical aspects. The Besakih Temple has
many remains of the megalithic era.
Besakih is not a single temple but consists of a complex of temples. Built
accordingly to the depict balance of the universe. There are three courtyards,
18 temples or Pura and 14 family temples or Pura Pedharman. At Besakih, routine
prayers are done once a year (Petirtaan, Usaba, Aci Nyahur
and Aci Bhatara Turun Kabeh), once every ten years (Karya Panca Wali
Krama) and once every a hundred years (Karya Eka Dasa Rudra).
Besides being a religious leader with its rich cultural heritages, Puri Agung
Besakih is also blessed with panoramic sceneries, making it an ideal place of
(Source : Bali Interactive CD-Rom "Bali, the Island
of Peace" by Bali Tourism Authority, 2000)