Bali's 9 Key Directional Temples That Face A Variety Of Mountains, Lakes or Oceans
Andakasa Temple Bali (Pura Luhur Andakasa Bali)
Andakasa Temple is located close to Angantelu Village, in the Manggis district, of the Karangasem regency, 200 meters above sea level on the summit of Mount Andakasa, a 70 kilometers or a 2 hour voyage from Kuta or Seminyak and not far from Goa Lawah, Bali’s Bat Cave Temple.
Additionally Andakasa Temple also belongs to Bali’s 9 key directional temples, although it is not very popular with tourists and could have been listed in the category of hidden Treasures instead.
Balinese legends inform us, when god created Bali, he took a large rock from Semeru Mountain in Java and used a small portion to form Andakasa Hill. With the rest of the rock he created Mount Agung, the highest mountain in Bali with a total height of 3142 meters.
The date that Andakasa Temple originates from is not 100% clear. A Papyrus called Usana Bali, estimates the temple was built in the 11th century by Mpu Kuturan, who also built Goa Lawah, Bali’s Bat Cave Temple and added shrines to Uluwatu Temple during the Marakata Dynasty (1024-1028).
On the journey from the car park to your final destination, you will need to walk for a few minutes through the rain forest to reach a small alter that is next to a sacred spring where the locals get there holy water. After another 10 minutes walk and clambering up plenty of stairs, you will finally arrive at Pura Andakasa. Little Warung (restaurants) can provide you food after your excursion.
Pura Andakasa is extremely important to the Balinese people as it is a great place for praying and meditating but in the end it’s not a “must see” for tourists coming to Bali. Just go there if you want to see the Bat Cave temple anyway and you are still curious to see some more holy places.
Bali's 9 key directional temples are:
- Purah Besakih (Mother Temple), located on the western slopes of Gunung Agung in East Bali
- Pura Lempuyang (Lempuyang Temple), located on the slopes of Gunung Lempuyang, near Amlapura in East Balii
- Pura Luhur Batukaru (Batukaru Temple), located on the southern slopes of Gunung Batukaru in Central Bali
- Pura Luhur Uluwatu (Uluwatu Temple), located on the western end of the Bukit Peninsula
- Pura Ulun Danu Batur (Batur Temple), located at Kintamani in the Eastern Highlands
- Pura Goa Lawah (Bat Cave Temple), located on the main road near Padangbai in East Bali
- Pura Andakasa (Andakasa Temple), located on the summit of Mount Andakasa
- Pura Puncak Mangu (Puncak Mangu Temple), located on the top of Mount Catur, 2096 meter above the sea level
- Pura Pusering Jagat (Pusering Jagat Temple), located in the center of Bali, close to Gianyar city.