Important Tips For Visiting A Balinese Temple
Bali is known as the “Land of a Thousand Temples” for a reason and it is what makes this island so beautiful and appealing to the millions that visit every year. On your holiday, you might want to visit some of the more popular temples that you’ve read about on the internet. Pura Lempuyang, Pura Tanah Lot, Pura Saraswati, Pura Luhur Besakih on Mount Agung and Pura Ulun Danu Beratan are just some of the more popular temples that are also amazing Instagram spots with breathtaking backdrops that will definitely blow up your feed.
But before heading there, there are some things you should keep in mind. While temples in Bali are open to visitors, do remember that they are also holy sites for prayers and pilgrimages. This means that you should dress and behave accordingly. Here are some easy-to-remember tips to keep in mind on your next temple excursion:
- Dress appropriately
The Balinese people may be open-minded and accepting of bikinis, crop tops, short shorts and other revealing types of clothing you might be comfortable wearing but this does not apply to their places of worship. Wear clothing that covers up your shoulders and knees before you plan to step foot into a temple area.
- Wear a Sarong
It is a must, when entering a temple, to put on a sarong and a sash. These are usually provided by the temples before entry.
- Menstruation, Blood and Exposed Wounds
Regardless of the day and age, blood and wounds are still considered dirty to many religions around the world including the Balinese Hindu religion. As visitors, we should respect this and while no one will actually check our bodies at entry, please respect the culture enough to refrain from entering if you are experiencing any of the above.
- Behave appropriately
While on temple grounds, please behave in a respectful and demure manner. This means no shouting, loud laughter or any other boisterous behavior that could distract and disrupt the temple’s ambiance. Regardless of your beliefs, temples are holy places and one should behave as such.
Watch the priest. Do remember to never stand or sit directly in front of him or opposite him while he conducts prayers. This applies to a congregation of devotees too. Do not disrupt or touch the offerings or any of the items being used for prayer. Another important thing to remember is to watch your feet. Never ever sit with your feet pointing to the altar or to the priest. It is best to sit with your feet tucked under you and under no circumstances should you ever approach the altar or go behind one.
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