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Bangli "Pura kehen" Bali

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bangli is a regency (kabupaten) of Bali, Indonesia. It has an area of 520.81 km² and population of 197,210 (2004). Its regency seat is Bangli. Up till 1907, Bangli was one of the nine kingdoms of Bali. The capital has a famous Hindu temple, the Pura Kehen, which dates from the 11th century. Bangli also has one nice village, lies surround a hill, Demulih. From the Demulih hill, we can see a vast majority of Bali Island, particularly on its Southern part - Kuta, Nusa Dua, Gianyar and apart of Klungkung. And this is the only county in Bali without beaches. Geographically, Bangli is home to the mountain lakes and water sources that make Bali so fertile.

The town of Bangli, once the capital of a kingdom, descended from the early Gelgel Dynasty, the largest and most sanctified temple of the district is Pura Kehen, a mountain haven and state temple of Bangli
the air is fresh and cool compared with other counties in Bali. Bali's main psychiatric hospital is located on the road, which runs westwards from the center of town.

As the state temple of the Bali Kingdom, Pura Kehen occupies the site of an earlier temple, which dates back to the 9th Century. It owes much of its appeal to its unique ambience, set majestically on a number of level against the background of a hill forest, large trees shade the shrines and gates of its courtyards.

A flight of 38 stairs leads to the meru-shaped gate between rows of wayang statues. Overlooking the gate is the threatening head of Kala, guardian of the netherworld. There is a magnificent shrine with eleven roofs dedicated to the God of Fire, the resident temple God.

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