A trip to Bali would not be complete without visiting at least one of the thousands beautiful Hindu temples located all over the island. Some of the most famous ones are Pura Taman Ayun and Pura Tanah Lot.
However, visitors should keep in mind that these temples are holy places of worship and as such, respect should be shown at all times. That goes especially for how to dress appropriately so as not to cause offense.
This post will outline some important rules to remember when visiting a Balinese temple.
1) Always wear a sarong and sash
Entering any Hindu temple in Bali requires both men and women to cover their legs below the knee by using a sarong. These can often be hired at the more popular temples, together with the sash that should be worn around the waist. Don't expose too much of your upper body and your shoulders should be covered or you will not be allowed to enter the temple.
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2) Do not walk in front of people when they are praying
Walking in front of people who are people is considered rude and disrespectful. Also you should not point your feet to shrines or holy objects. For this reason men sit with their legs crossed and women kneel while in prayer.
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3) Never sit higher than the priest or the offerings
It is considered disrespectful to have your head higher than the head of the priest, so be careful not to stand or sit in a position higher than that of the manku (Priest) to avoid causing offense. Also, do not simply use flash or point your camera at the priest's face!
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4) Women are not allowed to enter temples during their menstruation
Menstruating women and women who have given birth in the last 6 weeks may not enter temples. Likewise, if you have an open wound or injury you should not enter a temple.
5) Respect the local culture
During cremation ceremonies, do not get in the way of attendees and don't forget that you are in a holy place of worship. Use your common sense and act appropriately. The Balinese welcome visitors of all religions and are happy to share their traditions and customs, so treat their temples as you would your own.
Visiting these temples will be such a great and breath-taking experience for travellers. Religious ceremonies and temples are an integral part of the local Balinese culture and as an outsider, provide a fascinating insight into the local way of life. It should be noted that this relates to visiting a temple as a tourist only, and not for a ceremony. There are also certain places in the Temple that are restricted to tourists.
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