So as it turns out, spending a month in Bali (like originally planned) was hardly enough time to spend here. During our time in Ubud, we discovered just how much there is to do here. Thankfully, we have the freedom to stay longer in places we really have a connection with. We decided we weren’t ready to leave this town quite yet. The jungle-rich vibe here is so beautiful. We have met some great friends, and continue to find out from locals how much more exciting stuff there is to do here. We did a lot more temple exploring, and went to see the breath taking Tegalalang Rice Terrace here in Ubud. So far, the Tegalalang Rice Terrace has been my hands-down most favorite landscape scenery.
The Pura Tirta Empul which is known as the Holy Water Temple is where the Balinese Hindu’s go for ritual purification. This was a great experience because it gives a very raw and authentic picture of the rituals they practice here. I think it’s so important to show appreciation to the locals for allowing tourists from all over the world with all different religions to be a part of this experience with them.
The Canang Sari are made from bamboo and are typically decorated with local flowers, rice, and incense. They are seen all over Bali in houses, restaurants, temples, hotels etc. When the offerings are placed above the ground, it is intended for the Gods. When they are placed on the ground they are intended to appease the demons. The Balinese Hindu’s believe that there must be a balance between good and evil, as one cannot exist without the other. Thus, offerings are made to both entities.