In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate.
I’ve taken a lot of photos about this theme, thanks to trips to Bali that I’ve done several times this year. And because most of those trips were intended to the temples, and the beauty of Bali’s stone and wood carvings is stored on this island’s temples, I could capture some of it, and stored them in this memory card.
How I loved to share one of it to all of you, good people!
I took this one in Silayukti, the first temple–obviously, since this temple is located in the Harbor of Padangbai (Padang Bay, if you want to know the name’s root) and we usually start the trip from Lombok, so we must’ve landed in this harbor.
Silayukti… is a temple of (holy) boy band #eh! The first and most religious boy band that I’ve ever met. A milestone of history which connects East Java, Bali, and Lombok. Someday I’ll tell you thoroughly about this (another promise, I know) but for now, let’s just adore the carvings on this paduraksa. People also called it kori agung (the great gate) or pamedalan ageng (the great exit door), because only the pratima (God’s symbol) who could pass through this gate.
For other people (including me), we enter and exit the temple from the angkul-angkul, small gate in the left and right. Usually we enter the temple from the right gate, and exit from the temple from the left gate. That makes our move in the temple could form the purwadaksina. But I couldn’t make this sure for now, this is just my hypothesis.
Oh ya! This temple is very close to Blue Lagoon beach. And I bet a lot of travel bloggers have written about this Blue Lagoon in their travel blog. I think most of the people who have gone to Bali must’ve known about this Blue Lagoon… but what about Silayukti?
Well, actually, visiting temple is a must-do if you go to Bali, because the most genuine form of Balinese culture is on its temples. Just remember to wear proper dress and respect people who are praying in the temple. For ladies, remember, do NOT enter the temple if you are on your period and if you visit any temple, remember to tie your hair.
Have fun in exploring those beautiful temples!