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Wednesday, 19 December 2007

The Secret Garden in Bali(Taman Rahasia)

Discover Taman Rahasia, a Secret Garden in Bali, nestled in the quaint artist's village of Penestanan, Ubud. Small and intimate, Taman Rahasia Boutique Resort & Spa is just 1 kilometer from central Ubud, the “cultural heart” of Bali, with its many museums, galleries, boutique shops and dining attractions. Taman Rahasia is also ideally situated to explore Bali's numerous natural and cultural attractions, all within a convenient day-trip.
At Taman Rahasia you will find a haven embraced by nature where tranquil pleasures await. Seven luxuriously appointed hotel rooms reside among lush gardens, towering coconut palms and rustling bamboo groves. The tropical air is infused with the sounds and scents of nature. Each room features a private bathroom and verandah with pool and garden views for the lazy afternoon retreat. Perfect Bali accommodation - a hotel resort with unique Balinese charm.
Lounge in the sun or enjoy a refreshing dip at our inviting natural stone paved pool. Find total relaxation and contentment in our spa, offering aromatic custom-blended natural ingredients. Taman Rahasia's full range of spa services will revive your senses and melt away your stresses. Perhaps you'd prefer to further your cooking skills and cultural knowledge by taking our Balinese Cooking School.
If you find it hard to leave the Secret Garden our Café can satisfy your taste buds with a scrumptious light snack or meal.
Our intimate size ensures you enjoy personalized care and professional service with your ultimate comfort in mind. For the discerning traveler, Taman Rahasia is a little jewel of a hotel where we do everything with an extra measure of care and personal attention.
The unforgettable Bali experience awaits you at Taman Rahasia Boutique Resort & Spa.

Monday, 17 December 2007

About village in bali

Bali is densely populated island. Most of the population live in closely packed villages of 2000 to 4000 people on the fertile southern slopes of the islands, along the ridges that carry the irrigation ditches. On these slopes it usually only a fifteen minutes walk from one village to another through open rice fields. On the northern coastal strips, the villages are spread out along the Java sea. Traditionally the social organization of the islands was based on the village, with each village being completely self ? sufficient, providing all the need and function from birth through cremation. Recently, as in all industrializing countries, the cities and tourist centers are absorbing a portion of the population from the countryside and centralizing, to some extent, the flow of goods and services, the social organization of the villages is one of the most unique aspects of this enchanting island. The village is very much communal unit, almost an extended family. The layout of a Balinese village and life of its member are closely tied to religion and the religious life of the people. The main community organization is the Banjar, which plans all ceremonies, including marriages and cremations, as well as mediates disputes that may arise within the community. Every village has at least one Banjar, which have an average membership of 50 to 100 families. Each Banjar has a central meeting places, the Bale Banjar.
Cycle of life .

According to Hindu religious beliefs, after death, a soul passes into another body. During its tenure in the body, the soul is in torment. Consequently, the soul is always seeking to free itself from incarnation so that it can attain enlightenment or moksa. Once enlightenment is achieved, both the body and soul can join their cosmic equivalents forever. Therefore, when a person dies, but its soul fails to achieve moksa, it will continue with the cycle of life through incarnations.
The religious rites which are performed to accompany a soul through its journey between life and death is given high importance in Balinese rituals. Balinese believe that the mountains are the abodes of the gods, defied ancestors and souls which did not attain moksa/ The gods and deified ancestors will descend occasionally to earth during temple ceremonies to partake of offerings and to enjoy entertainment. When the souls are ready to reincarnate to earth, they will come from the mountains or straight from hell. That is why the mountains are revered as the Holy places.

All the phases of existence, from pregnancy to birth and then from birth to death, will be accompanied by rituals. Their purposes are: to fasten the soul in its body before birth, to welcome it into the world, to take it harmoniously along the various stages of life, and, finally upon death, to help it cast away earthly bonds and rejoin the old country of its origins. Here it can merge with the sublime soul of the world, paramata of God.

According to the principles of cosmic harmony, Man is expected to reach moksa. To do this he or she should strive to fulfill three other goals of life: desire ? karma, wealth ? artha, and virtu-dharma. Each of these goals should be fulfilled in an order of priority depending on the stage reached in life, such as when young, becoming an adolescent, getting married, and becoming old.
After marriage, priorities in life shift towards family and a accumulation of wealth or artha. Male heirs are regarded as important because it is these heirs of sentana who will implement the rituals of death and look after the family temples. They are safeguard in the process of release. It is therefore important to accumulate wealth so that the rites for their ancestors and the community can be financed.

The Balinese death is a return to your origins. The preceding wheels of one's life are the way to ultimate release. Not all corpses are cremated immediately, as some wait for an auspicious day, a collective ceremony or until their descendants have enough money to perform the rites. The cremation ritual is a reminder of the cosmic symbolism of life. The tower is a duplicate of the cosmos; the corpse is put in the middle, symbolizing its position between the spiritual and the human worlds. The sarcophagus, in which the body is burned, is vehicle to take the would away. The ashes a collected and taken to the sea. It is here that the soul passes through hell to be tortured and cleansed. The soul is then called back on shore and eventually taken back to the mother mountain, Gunung Agung. The soul is then enshrined in the family temple and the dead in now an ancestor, until the next incarnation.

Special Days/Festivals

Every temple and shrine has a special date for annual ceremony or ?Odalan? every 210 days, including the smaller ancestral shrines that each family possesses. Because of this practically every few days a ceremony of festival of some kind takes village in Bali
Galungan is literally a celebration of the creation of the universe, in which the Supreme God. Creator of the universe is Worshipped, and all ancestral spirits called to come down to earth and dwell again in homes the family shrines and graceful ?Penjor? tall arching bamboo decorates with palm leaves and flower, as well as small bamboo altars bearing intricately woven palm-leaf ?Lamaks?, placed at gate of each home.

Ten days after Galungan, this is the day on which the ancestor are bidden farewell with more offerings and freshly woven ?lamaks? and the barongs take to the roads converting along their troupes of following children.

Balinese New Year's day according to the caka Calendar this is day activity and silence throughout the island 24 hours. Fires may not be lit so cooking must be done the day before. Great purification offerings are made in every village on the day before to appease the evil spirits and general exorcism is held. That evening large gangs of children roam the villages dressed in garnish attire and bearing burning torches, chanting and banging on homemade cymbals to scare the evil spirits away. Traditionally the day of Nye is spent at home fasting, in a prayer and meditation, but only more religious Brahman families follow this custom .

A special day is devoted to Saraswati the Goddes of learning science and literature, once a year according to Wuku Calendar. On this day no one is allowed to read or write, and offering are made to the lontar, Plam ? leaf books, and books.

Monday, 10 December 2007

Favorite Beach In Bali

Forget in moment Kuta, Sanur, and or Nusa Dua. Enjoying Bali only by sand sunning in the coasts not be prestigious anymore. Nowadays, time for you enjoying more challenging eksotis and exclusive vacation. Because the coasts only known by a few/little turis. The information even also by mouth to mouth. You will not find in reference or travel. Even so maybe its not too much and can be calculated by finger.All of beach/Coast like Pecatu and of Uluwatu enter to south kuta District Region. There’s no formal guide to go there. Easiest direction is roadway to Uluwatu temple, one of the biggest temple in Pecatu Village, south of Bali. All of the coast have same caracters, short coast land , limited by two bank, white sand, billow, and... hidden! cause, this coast near in Garuda Wisnu Kencana in Bukit Ungasan.First Coast/beach is Balangan Beach. Behind Pecatu hill, in this moment still working Bali Pecatu Graha ( BPG) project. To go to the coast we through zigzag way, up down hill. This journey be my own experienced because through hill and we saw Kuta beach and Ngurah Rai air port so far away in front of there. It’s about two kilometers, there are branches ways and illegal guide with simply write board to Balangan Beach and other to Dreamland. Forget it the last beach, because we come to Balangan Beach. This moment to go there we must down steep way. After that white sand and wave sound welcome us ( our tired)When I’m Visiting with my team from Jakarta months ago, there is one couple only is sand sunning. The other tourist still waiting wave white take hold on their board surfing, and others relax on the beach chair while reading novel. There is no one disturb them. It’s so really beach to hide, Tiar said local tourist from Indonesia.Balangan view beach faced on north, so Ngurah Rai airport can be saw from here. East part limited by mountainside with the call abouts 3 meters and the west part limited by mountainside more high and full of plant. There are two corals smaller beside high white stone mountainside between them. There are white sand that have big granule than Kuta. The coach a little stones near of the beach part you must be carefull. There are about 5 cafes in here. In that evening there are some touris, sitting in that café with their beer in the table. Café’s function too as a placa to stay with the price about Rp. 50000/night. Local tourist or foreign tourist could walk to dreamland from Balangan Beach. They will trough some corals stone, swim to the beach and walk in the white sand to the west. Dream Land beach more crowded then Balangan. Mede Said “this Place known about 1996 ( she is from there ). Dreamland beach like dream beach. In the first time come to that place my friend feel so proud they shock when they trough as small gate about one meters between two corals and then becomed, white sand, blue beach, roll of waves and west point Bali island in Uluwatu. Some tourist enjoying solving swimming, surfing and sanding. Although more crowded than Balangan, amount of tourist in Dreamland smaller than Kuta and Sanur. It’s about 50 tourist. The Beach length about 1 kilometers to south. In the north limited by sharp stone Beach and high coral 15 meters. In this hill we ca see the beach ( Dreamland ) under there 20 meters. This beach side to west so we can see sunset. It’s really beautiful place. Silent and good place to take a rest from crowded place and bussy day. Coming and enjoy your life to Bali. You will feel satisfied.

Thursday, 6 December 2007


Bali is very different culturally and religiously to rest of Indonesia. 95 % of Balinese people are Hindu. Bali follows a branch of Hinduism that is quite different from India. Most obvious difference is that Balinese have integrated some aspects of Buddhism. This makes them tolerant and very friendly to visitors and tourists.Religion in Bali is interwoven with everyday life. As well as the obvious ceremonies for births, deaths and marriages, and celebrating aspects of the rice harvests, there is a day for blessing machinery, one for blessing education, etc. Pictures show Ketut and Dewi who are going to bless new River bungalow of Jowamandari Resort.Daily evidence of the importance of Hinduism to Balinese people is shown by innumerable offerings everywhere. Almost every house, business, road intersection, government building, etc., has offerings to gods and spirits of Bali, placed in a shrine everyday. The small banana leaf baskets, containing flower petals, rice, incense and other gifts for the gods demonstrate the way that Balinese live their religion.Many tourist attractions have a religious origin. For instance, Barong dance tells a story of good versus evil, which is basic theme in most Balinese dances and legends. Another example is Ramayana Ballet, a Hindu epic story about good and evil and love.Ceremony in river (sungai) of Jowamandari during low waterCremations in particular are impressive to watch. Sarongs are not necessary for watching a procession, but are mandatory when entering the grounds of temple where the actual cremation occurs. The important thing for visitors to understand is that cremations and other ceremonies are not tourist attractions, but are genuine religious events. That Balinese allow outsiders to be part of them does not detract from their religious significance.Ceremony at neighboring village Padang LinjongA common occurrence in Bali are traffic jams, caused by Hindu ceremonies. For a procession roads are blocked off, even if it happens to be main street of Kuta, Sanur or Ubud! The Balinese understand priorities, and expect non-Balinese to do likewise.The small river temple of Jowamandari ResortBesakih temple, in East Bali, is the "mother" temple of Bali. Other three important temples are at Uluwatu, Kintamani and Tanah Lot, close to Jowamandari Resort. All of them are fantastic to visit. In each village there is a temple for life at mountain end of village, and one for death at end nearest the sea. Then, there are family temples, temples in particular sacred places, and shrines everywhere, including most houses.Sunset at famous temple at Tanah Lot, 9 km from Jowamandari Resort.You have the same beautiful sunset at Pererenan beach just 2 km away.

Monday, 3 December 2007

About Bali

Bali has now come a long way since the first settlers immigrated to this place from China in 2500 BC. Nowadays, it has a total population of over 3 million people, of which the majority of these are Hindus, while there are a few people who are Muslims. Most of these people live in the coastal areas in the South and others live in Despansar, which is Bali’s capital, with a current population of over 370,000. Textiles, handicrafts, and garments are the backbone of the economy of Bali; they provide thousands of jobs and, when exported, these contribute about 45% to Bali’s economy. The hotel and tourist industry in Bali also continues to boom as more and more people find Bali a totally relaxing tourist destination. Over the years, many people come and visit beautiful tourist locations in Bali such as the town of Kuta, Sanur, Seminyak, Jimbaran, and Nusa Dua. There are several available activities in these places, including diving, snorkeling, paragliding, cruising, rafting, and even mountain climbing. However, due to the terrorist attacks in October 2002 and October 2005, not only properties were lost but many lives as well. The devastation that was caused to the island affected not only the people of Bali but also those who planned to travel to this place. Many people changed their minds because of their fear that terrorists might attack once again. Indeed, Bali has come a long way. And although terrorists’ attacks happened in the past, the determination of the Balinese people never fades, thus, they continue to look forward to a much brighter tomorrow

Wednesday, 28 November 2007


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Monday, 26 November 2007

Bali is Wonderful beauty

As our Combi van coughed its way up to Kintamani on the northern side of the island, the sky suddenly gave way to torrential rain that quickly inundated the narrow mountain road. Right about then, the Combi sputtered and died. Our driver started and restarted the engine in vain while our guide tried to reassure us that this rain would be short-lived as they usually are in this part of the world. The heavy downpour was now threatening to carry our van downhill with it. Speeding vehicles were passing us, splashing muddy water in their wake. After what seemed like an eternity, the engine sprang back to life and we slowly edged our way to Penelokan for lunch where front and center row view seats of Gunung Batur and Lake Batur awaited us.We sat impatiently through lunch waiting for the veil of mist that shrouded the volcano to lift. A faint hint of sunlight and we finally caught a glimpse of Mt. Batur with its perforated peak surrounded by the lush valley floor and dark blue lake.Views like this are commonplace in Bali. Picture green terraced hillsides, temples great and small, fascinating roadside craft shops, and a choice of beaches. These are just a few of the reasons why visitors are returning to the island after the tragic bombings in 2002 that killed so many people. In Kuta where the horrifying explosions occurred, a Hindu shrine stands unscathed while the area next to it has been razed to the ground. Rather than be angry for the desecration of their peaceful island, the Balinese gathered in prayer for those who perished.Prayer is intrinsic in Balinese culture which is deeply rooted in the Hindu religion. The pura or temple is an important institution in the daily life of the people. This is where they worship, celebrate life and send their dead to the afterlife. Every village has at least three temples, each dedicated to one of the Hindu Trinity - Vishnu, the Preserver of Life, Brahma who is the Creator and Shiva, the Destroyer.With hundreds of temples in Bali, it is difficult to decide which ones to visit during a short stay. But Pura Tanah Lot has arguably the most dramatic setting. It is well positioned on top of a rocky promontory in southwestern Bali. At high tide, it is practically floating in ocean waters. Tanah Lot means earth and sea, quite apropos given its location. When it is low tide, it is possible to walk to the islet and climb up to the temple. Also at Tanah Lot is Batu Bolong, a rocky outcrop straddling land and sea, like a protective arm cradling a cozy beach. It has an arched opening carved by the ocean over time. Several shrines sit on the edge of the rock.We happened to visit during their New Year festival. This celebration takes place more frequently 1552 when the Pawukon Balinese calendar system is employed. (A Pawukon year has 210 days.) It was a lively scene with colorful streamers moving gently in the breeze. Men garbed in white shirts and pants and white turban called "udeng" were praying under one of the tents. Women arrived with their offerings balanced on their head. They wore a sarong tied with a sash, required for all women (including visitors) who enter the temple. A whiff of incense burning and gamelan music playing in the background further heightened the heady and exotic ambience.There are many deities in the Hindu religion. The Pura Ulun Danu in Bratan is a temple dedicated to Dewi Danu, the goddess of the waters and source of fertility. It has a lakeside setting with Mt. Batur in the distance as its backdrop. It is often cloaked in mist lending it an ethereal appearance. Within the temple grounds are fine examples of meru, a multi-tiered black thatched pagoda. Merus have an odd number of roofs up to a maximum of eleven. The royal temple of Taman Ayun in Mengwi has an impressive line up of merus in its inner courtyard. Together they constitute the "skyscrapers" of the village.Everyday we discovered offerings to the gods in palm leaf trays in the most unexpected places. Some contained flowers and betel, others fruit and rice flour cookies, and during the festival, we saw more elaborate offerings, all of them attractively arranged. The contents notwithstanding, the Balinese are always trying to please their gods and ancestors. This must be the reason why Bali and its people are blessed with beauty and serenity.Currency exchange: Be careful with money changers. A money changer in Nusa Dua insisted on changing my $100 with small bills then placed his hand on top of the stack of bills he handed to me and pilfered several bills this way. (The hotel staff accompanied me to the money changer after I complained and helped me recover the amount of money taken from me.) Although the sign clearly states "Authorized Money Changer", this does not mean they are above board. It's best to change your money in the bank even if the exchange rate may be lower. Local currency is Indonesian rupiah.

Sunday, 25 November 2007

Museum Puri Lukisan Ubud

Museum Puri Lukisan Ubud,This Museum is opened in the year 1956 by minister of Education and Culture, Mr. Moh. Yamin. This Museum is consisted of three especial building in U-shape, where in the middle is Museum Garden and pool with the beautiful lotus flower. The building 1 is for a permanent exhibition place for the painting of puppets dressy or puppets style. In this place, collecting the painting from I Gusti Nyoman Lempad and the clarification about the existence of Pita Maha Organization. Building 2 also place for permanent exhibition or still from masterpiece result of all artist of Balinese modern dressy style. The building 3 is for a temporary exhibition.

The Good Paronama in bali Location ,Such us:

NUSA DUA BEACH:The Nusa Dua tourist resort is part of the Bukit Peninsula in southern Bali. Some of the most beautiful and luxurious hotels are found here. The resort is known for its clean white beaches and clean waters.
The implementation of Balinese traditional philosophy and international health and environmental preservation standard makes Nusa Dua one of the very few modern resorts with traditional, cultural touches for leisure and business purposes. It is also a good place for water sport.

KUTA BEACH: Kuta area is an international village. The long white sandy beach, the big waves, many accommodations, close to the airport, night lives and all that make Kuta one of the most popular resorts in particular for the younger generations.
Kuta beach is recommended for sunset viewing. Batubulan: driving northeast from Denpasar, stone figures on the roadside mark the village of Batubulan.Divinities and demands are carved from sandstone for ornaments of houses and temples. Workshops can be visited to watch artist at work.

BATUAN: An old and famous center of the arts, it is now known for its dancing, wood panel carving and paintings.
CELUK: Northeast of Denpasar, the village of Celuk is noted for its silver and gold works of jewelry in many styles.
MAS:The village of woodcarvers, many of Bali's old masters still live here. Art galleries exhibit some of their best works.
Visitors can wander through the Balinese style houses to view the carved wooden pillars and the artist at work or instructing apprentices who work in groups.
UBUD VILLAGE:The center of Balinese painting. There are also several art galleries and home of famous artist here and country side living.
Ubud has several hotel and home stay, located on a higher altitude with a pleasant climate and rice terrace field viewing.

GOA GAJAH:Goa Gajah, dates back to the 11th century and are believed to have been built as a monastery. Carving on the wall show a demon head over the entrance, flanked by two statues.
The cave contains a statue of Ganesha. Excavations have uncovered a bathing place with six statues of nymphs holding waterspouts.
TAMPAKSIRING: The temple of Pura Tirta Empul is built around the sacred spring at Tampak Siring.Over 1000 years old, the temple and its two bathing places have been used by the people for good health and prosperity because of the spring water's curative powers. Regular ceremonies are held for purification.
KINTAMANI VOLCANO:The villages of Kintamani and Penelokan give a view Mount Batur and Lake. The calderas of Batur is impressive; 7 miles in diameter and 60 feet deep.
From Penelokan, a road leads to Kedisan on the shores of the lake where boats can be hired to cross over to Trunyan.

TRUNYAN:This ancient village is inhabited by people who call themselves "Bali Aga" or original Balinese who have maintained many of their old ways.
The Puser Jagad Temple has an unusual architecture and stand under a massive Banyan tree.
BESAKIH TEMPLE: Known as the "Mother Temple of Bali" the sanctuary of Besakih on the slopes of Mt. Agung is the biggest and holiest of all Balinese temples.
Over a thousand years old, steps ascend through split gates to the main courtyard where the Trinity shrines are wrapped in cloth and decorated with flower offerings.
Around the three main temples dedicated to the Trinity Shiva, Brahma and Wisnu, are 18 separate sanctuaries belonging different regencies and caste groups. To the Balinese, a visit to the temple sanctuaries is a special pilgrimage.

ALAS KEDATON:Well known as "Holy Forest" is a small forest measuring about 12 ha. In this forest is an old temple and to the southeast of the temple is a small field called the Monkey Cemetery.
There are hundreds of monkeys in this forest and high up on the big trees many bats are hanging and singing with their loud voices.

TANAH LOT TEMPLE: Caged out of the landscape by tides, wind and rain, the high off shore sentinel rock of Tanah Lot.
Supports a small picturesque sea temple which can be reached by a scramble over the wet rocks. Built by one of the last priest to come to Bali from Java in the 16th century, its ritual include the paying of home age to the guardian spirits of the sea.
The best time to see Tanah Lot Temple is in the late afternoon when the temple is in silhouette.
BEDUGUL: In the eastern high lands of Bali is the serene mountain area of Bedugul, where vegetable, fruits and flowers thrive in the alpine climate and a colorful little market at

Offers a wide selection of produce including exotic strawberries, here there are many hotels and restaurants and a botanical garden.
GITGIT WATERFALL: It is located in the village of Gitgit, 11 kilometers south of Singaraja.
Follow the toot path to the site of waterfall with of distance of 800 meters.
The coffee and clove plantation adds scenic beauty to this area.

LOVINA BEACH:A rest full tourist resort on the north coast and quite close to Singaraja. A beautiful beach backed by coconut groves.
Added attraction are the dolphins in their natural habitat, which can be watched early in the morning by fisherman boats rented.

Friday, 23 November 2007

candidasa temple & it Locate

Find other destinations with serenity in Bali outside renownspots like Sanur, Kuta and Nusa Dua. Come to the easternfrontier of Bali. There you will get to Candidasa, an activefishing village. Candidasa Beach is the most popular beacharea in the Karangasem regency. This area has adjacentdestinations that offer more choices during your visit in eastBali. Rich cultural heritage of the tribe origin of Bali atTenganan, the mother temple of Bali at Besakih, themagnificent ruins at Taman Ujung and many more. So Candi dasa can be a hub of your next tour here.Candi dasa Beach is the eastern destination that is bestequipped with accommodation possibilities and restaurants. The resort has undergone fast growth since the 1980s when there was basically nothing at all except for a few local houses. Facilities were built to add multiple choices for the sake of guests' convenience. Many visitors made their time to visit this destination to see some unspoiled destination outside the main areas. Now also an increasing number of package tours are offered that also include this area.Visitors who would like to have a round trip in Bali, theyusually include Candidasa in their itinerary. Candidasa withits laid back palm-fringed beaches make the atmosphere here sonatural. And its all still original. To enjoy the day, you can hire a jukung outrigger for snorkeling or fishing.From here you can continue your visit to Tenganan village. Itis considered to be the origin of the Balinese tribe. Thevillage is strategically surrounded by hills. Unique traditionthey inherited differentiates them from other Balinese. Theyhave an annual tribe ritual with pandan war attraction.The ancient tradition is maintained and adjusted with modernlife preserved and maintained to survive and grow. Tengananhas 2 unique handicrafts, double ikat fabrics and atagrassaccessories. There are some art shops inside the village thatare owned and managed by the local people. Beautiful ikathandwoven fabrics will be a nice giveaway for taking home.In the eastern part there are the pleasure palaces calledTirtagangga. It is a complex that comprises of spring-fedbathing pools, fountain and decorative ponds. Tirtaganggaliterally means 'holy water of the Ganges'. It was built afterWorld War II by the king of Karangasem. In the past the mainfunction of this spring was for a resource of holy water forritual ceremonies. Nowadays it is also used as a recreationpark.For those who are interested in marine activities, easternBali offers complete 'menu' like diving sites at Amed andTulamben. The most favorite diving site is near the shipwreckof US transport ship that sunk by the attack of Japan troopsduring the World War II. Very popular among most divers thatinclude both Amed and Tulamben in their Candidasa holiday

Thursday, 22 November 2007

About Temple

Pura Luhur Uluwatu
The spectacularly located Pura Luhur Uluwatu, on the westernmost tip of the rocky Bukit Peninsula, is one of the sad kahyangan, or `six great sanctuar
The Nirartha Legacy in Bali
The promulgation of Hindu and Buddhist doctrines in Bali is attributed to a number of key historical figures typically Brahman priests from Java and t
The Majapahit Past in Bali
The temple of Bali are the legacy, in part, of an architectural tradition that dates back to the last great empire of Indonesia`s Hindu Buddhist past,
Sacred Bathing Places in Bali
Water has a special place in Balinese life, not only because of the vital role it plays bin irrigating the island`s rice fields, but also because of i
Cave Temples and Rock-cut Sanctuaries in Bali
The practice of carving temple out of solid rock has an ancient history in India dating back to the time of the great Mauryan emperor Ashoka (c.270-23
Sacred Rice and Subak Temples in Bali
Rice and its cultivation are central to the Balinese way of life. In Balinese eyes, rice is a gift from the gods-it was created by the Hindu deity Vis
Death and the Afterlife in Bali Added on 06 September 2007
Death in Bali is considered to be both ritually polluting and contaminating. These perceptions are reflected in the location of the pura dalem -the
Village Temples Added on 06 September 2007
Balinese society is complex and multifarious, being divided by social hierarchies based on caste, occupation and descent. In the not so distant pas
A Typology of Temples Added on 06 September 2007
A conservative estimate reckons that there are some 20,000 temples in Bali. Most of the time they are deserted, watched over by a lay priest, or pe

History about some temple

23 september 2007

The promulgation of Hindu and Buddhist doctrines in Bali is attributed to a number of key historical figures typically Brahman priests from Java and their disciples or descendants. A famous early example is the 11th century reformer Mpu Kuturan (actually more of a Mahayana Buddhist than Hindu Brahman), but perhaps the most renowed of all is 16th century Javanese priest Danghyang Dwijendra, otherwise known as Nirartha. Nirartha came to Bali from Kediri is East Java, in 1537, in the aftermath of the collapse of the Majapahit empire. Legend has it that he made the crossing from Java on leaf of the keluwih tree. Upon landing near Negara in the kingdom of Jembrana he sat down to rest under an ancak tree-the ancak is a relative of the banyan under which the Buddha famously meditated-and his followers subsequently built a temple on the site, the Pura Ancak, today`s Pura Prancak. The Newly Arrived Magically Powerful High Priest Nirartha was invited to settle in Mas by local prince, Mas Wilis, but news of his teachings soon reached the ascendant royal house of Gelgel and an emissary was dispatched to bring the Padanda Sakti Wauh Rauh or ` Newly Arrived Magically Powerfull High Priest`, to court. Once installed at the palace of Gelgel, Nirartha concentrated on matters of ritual practice, especially those connected with marriage, pregnancy, childbirth, death and the post-mortem purification of the soul. He still found time, however, to embark upon several missionary journeys through Bali, Lombok and Sumbawa. During his travels he founded many temples, while the children of his several marriages, both in Java and in Bali, became the progenitors of important Brahman clans, whose descendants still rank among the most important Brahmana families in Bali today. Nirartha`s Temple Building Programme Between 1546 and 1550 Danghyang Nirartha traveled all over Bali, teaching as he went and founding temples along the way. The famous temple of Tanah Lot, in the former kingdom Tabana, is one such sanctuary. It is said that on one of Nirartha`s journeys round Bali, he chose to sleep at this unusual rocky outcrop on the shores of the Kingdom of Tabanan and later recommended that a temple be built there. A Passion for Padmasana As well as founding new temples, Danghyang Nirartha also encouraged the building of Padmasana at many of the existing temples he visited. These he dedicated to Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa, the Supreme Being or Ultimate Godhead. The Padmasana at the Pura Taman Puleh, in Mas rests on top of a stone turtle, representing the mythical earth-supporting chelonian, Bedawang Nala. The two serpents coiled around the latter`s body are said to stand for man`s earthly needs. The last padmasana to be built by Danghyang Nirartha was at Pura Uluwatu on the western most tip of the built Peninsula, and it was here that he achieved his apotheosis, or liberartion (moksa), from the endless cycle of rebirth, to become one with the infinite.

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

bali architektur

LIV Bali
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A step-by-step guide to the intricacies of Balinese Architecture. "The Balinese do not live in houses in the conventional sense of the word. Instead, they divide their daily activities between a number of different pavilions which are situated within a family compound that is secluded from the outside world by a high wall." This guide to Balinese Architecture has wonderful watercolor illustrations of all the different types of building, the design concepts and the construction techniques. Click here to visit Ganesha Bookstore
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Traditional architecture in Bali originates from two sources. One is the great Hindu tradition brought to Bali from India via Java. The second is an indigenous architecture pre-dating the Hindu epic and in many ways reminiscent of Polynesian building. Even the Balinese temple, it has been noted, is surrounded by a stone wall dividing its sacred precincts from the village very much like Hawaiian and Tahitian places of worship.
Balinese temples are divided into three parts, one inevitably passes through a split gate or Candi Bentar to enter the first courtyard. Then a second gate rising high with the grinning face of a guardian demon leads to the second division. Inside there are numerous pavilions used for various purposes. In the final courtyard one may find the meru pagoda which may have as many as eleven roofs if the owner or temple is important enough. The black thatch is from the sugar palm and can only be used in temples. There will also stand numerous sanggah or spirit houses and pedestals which will be full of offerings on ritual days. Everywhere carving in brick, volcanic stone and wood will be apparent. All are ringed by walls. The Balinese have always spent a great deal of energy and money on their temples for it is the duty to repay the ancestors for the prosperity.
Balinese royalty has always felt it imperative that they demonstrate their prosperity and standing by building magnificent palaces. The carved wooden doors of these palaces are especially famous for their beauty. The teak doors of the main palace of Denpasar were so large that they required forty porters to carry them. In the palaces bright colours and gold leaf abound for the display of opulence in even the smallest and most insignificant of details is deemed proof of nobility. Unlike Europe, Balinese palaces are not single huge buildings but rather a collection of numerous structures each with a special function such as the bale gede, an open pavilion of 12 columns, where the oldest male of the family sleeps. During important ceremonies like tooth filing this will serve a place to commune with the ancestors and gods who descend from heavens to partake of the many offerings placed on the beds. As in the temple the four directions of the Balinese compass are critical in determining the lay-out and positioning of buildings. There is a developed Balinese science of geomancy written in the ancient palm leaf manuscripts. This is known as Kosala-kosali. Through it we can determine the best place to locate a kitchen for instance. Oftentimes when a family is suffering bad luck or misfortune, the first place the balian or witch doctor will look for is any unwitting violations of the Balinese laws of building. The science of building is held to be a sacred knowledge and traditional Balinese architects who might also be rice farmers were known by the distinguished title of undagi.
Another large and important structure is the wantilan or so called cock fighting arena. It is called this because at one time cock fights were frequently held here. It is found near the palace and central market in every traditional village. Nearby stands a kulkul or slit drum tower to call the members of the village together for meetings. The wantilan is also commonly used for performances. Once built entirely of wood most are made of re-enforced concrete today. The traditional wantilan has also inspired the shapes and forms of many hotels and houses as the Amandari.The introduction of cement and other modern materials and the rapid growth of hotels, galleries and new homes has produced mixed results. The opulence and ornamentation of many new hotels are often breath taking. Nowhere else in the world would such wood carvings and stone work be possible. Still the line between kitsch and a good taste is narrow and too often people have failed to appreciate the essence of Balinese architecture that in many cases has become an amazing parody of itself. One hopes that in the future more attention will be paid to resorts like the Amandari and Four Seasons Resort in Jimbaran, who have modified traditional Balinese architecture without tainting its integrity.
Using such natural materials as thatch roofing, bamboo poles, woven bamboo, coconut wood, mud and stone they are organic statements in complete harmony with the environment. Many of these are temporary such as the offering houses set up before harvest in the rice fields. Others use trees that will actually keep on growing as the bamboo rots and returns to the mother earth. The Balinese have always been particularly adept using the bamboo and behind every Balinese house one can find at least one stand of bamboo.
For those truly interested in Balinese architecture, a visit to the Bali Museum in Denpasar is a must. There you will not only find many old traditional buildings but also information as to the local styles, of which there are many. Also if you would like to take a piece of tradition back with you there are numerous traditional rice barns, the original knock down building, available for sale for extremely reasonable prices.

Monday, 19 November 2007

About Tradition Bali

balineseThe Balinese population of 3.0 million (1.5% of Indonesia's population) live mostly on the island of Bali, making up 89% of the island's population. There are also significant populations on the island of Lombok, and in the eastern-most regions of Java (eg. the Municipality of Banyuwangi).
1 Origins
2 Culture
3 Religion
4 Festivals
5 References
6 External links

The origins of the Balinese came from three periods: The first waves of immigrants came from Java and Kalimantan in the prehistoric times of the proto-Malay stock; the second wave of Balinese came slowly over the years from Java during the Hindu period; the third and final period came from Java, between the 15th and 16th centuries, at the time of the conversion of Islam in Java, aristocrats fled to Bali from the Javanese Majapahit Empire to escape Islamic conversion, reshaping the Balinese culture into a syncretic form of classical Javanese culture with many Balinese elements. The Balinese people generally got a large proportion of their ancestry from bali.

Fire Dance
Balinese culture is perhaps most known for dance, drama and sculpture. The culture is noted for its use of the gamelan in music. The island is also known for its form of Wayang kulit or Shadow play/Shadow Puppet theatre. It also has several unique aspects related to their religions and traditions. Balinese culture is a mix of Balinese Hindu religion and Balinese custom.

The vast majority of the Balinese follow one religion - A Shivaite sect of Hinduism that is mixed with pre-Hindu mythologies. The Balinese from before the third wave of immigration, known as the Bali Aga, are mostly not followers of the Balinese Shivaite Hinduism, but their own animist traditions.

Kite festival
Pager wesi
Ngaben (Cremation Ceremony)
and some Traditional ceremony

Friday, 16 November 2007

Some About Bali

Bali culture is totally unique and permeates through every aspect of life. The influence of Hinduism the main religion is evident in the music, drama, art, costumes and festivals which take place daily.
You'll encounter a festival almost every day, celebrating the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Anthropologists believe that the Balinese are descended from the ancient Chinese, the Indians and Arabs from the west, and others who came to the island directly or via Java.

Temples in Bali

Many of Bali's temples are many hundreds of years old and located in beautiful locations. Many have stories to tell which are of interest to people of all faiths.
(Bali Temples)

Balinese Dance

Dance is the medium which stories have been told in Bali for generations, the costumes are as elaborate as the moves - some of which take much training and agility to perfect.
You can watch many of the traditional dances which are performed several times weekly.
(Balinese Dance)

Museums in Bali

Such a rich history gives rise to historical artefacts which need to be housed properly, Bali has numerous museums which are open to the public to gain a greater insight to the past.
(Bali Museums)

Bali Events & Festivals

Bali has many colourful festivals throughout the year, the most important of which is Galungan.
Most festival dates are based on Bali's two unique calendars which have systems that are alien to the roman calendar so the dates change each year.
(Bali Festivals)

The Bali Aga

Shut away from the rest of the world until very recently, The Bali Aga have preserved their way of life well.
Now confined to just 2 towns in eastern Bali their way of life is in keeping with the past.
(The Bali Aga)