Feel, Pray and Love
Every time I visit Bali, I always admire how they put so high their tradition, religion, and culture. Bali is an island of spirituality, and it’s religious customs are deeply rooted in its culture. The good with the bad is present in everything, showing even in the black and white patterned fabrics adorned on shrines to represent good and evil. Amazing!
My visit this time was with my husband and my mother in law. I was never interested to see temples in Bali before, as I thought it might be boring. But my husband suggested visiting some temples, as his mother would like to see. So we arranged the trip. It was not that bad, as I thought. If you want to learn about the history and culture of this fabulous island, using a guide during your trip in Bali is a good idea. I recommend you to have one. We were so glad, as the tourist guide we hired was so knowledgeable with plenty of interesting stories.
There are thousand of temples in Bali. Goa Gajah and Pura Tirta Empul were the only temples we visited. Before entering those temples, I was asked if I had my monthly period and also required to wear a sarong, as I wore short pants, due to respect their holy places. Yes, if you are planning to visit temples in Bali, keep this in mind. Dress modest and cover your knees and shoulders 🙂
Our temples tour totally exceeded our expectations. I was able to take some good pictures with less tourists around. Suddenly, rained poured down like a waterfall. In an instant, the crowd ran for shelter under canopies, quietly waiting for the rain to stop. Luckily, we were allowed to sit in a meditation hut in the temples area. Listening to the rain made me so relaxed and such. It was so calm.
In the pouring rain, some Balinese who just prayed passing by with their beautiful traditional customs. I was impressed with their beauty. Men wore kamen sarongs, with white head – cloths, called udeng. Women appeared beautifully with colourful kebaya and kamen sarong with cloth belts, called selempot. They looked so resplendent with beautiful traditional clothes.