Whenever anyone mentions Bali, it instantly invokes images of beaches and nightlife. And honestly, we aren't to blame because every second person I personally know thinks of Bali as being suitable merely for partying and getting sloshed till you drop. Fair enough; that's how it has traditionally been marketed, and it helps the Indonesian economy greatly. But in the the midst of the celebratory melee, one should never forget that the great island of Bali possesses a lot more character. What may come off as shocking to some is the omnipresence of ornate Hindu temples here. Yes, you read that right. And if y0u're as stupefied as me when I first found out, fret not for I have researched sufficiently to tell you more.
Bali, and Hindu temples
Hinduism has existed in Indonesia since at least 500 BC. Although the country witnessed an inundation of several other religions through the following centuries, but Bali remained predominantly Hindu in its population as well as in its architecture. The holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu & Mahesh (Shiva) enjoy the major chunk of attention from the Balinese Hindu believers with Sang Hyang Widhi (the designation for one single God in Balinese Hinduism) depicting all three at many temples via an empty throne at the top of the padmasana shrine. Unlike its Indian counterpart, Balinese Hinduism is more philosophy and less religion, but many concepts such as the caste system and festivals are similar.
Top 7 Hindu temples to visit in Bali
Amongst the several religious architectural marvels in Bali, I enlist the top seven Hindu temples that you should definitely take time out for from your beach visits and partying: