Kehen Temple

Like the mother temple, Besakih Temple, this temple has 8 terraces and it is built on the southern slope of the hill.

History of the temple.

This temple was built in the 11th century.  Kehen temple is the biggest temple in East Bali and considered to be the finest as well. The temple complex is located  palm tree plantations which create a mystical atmosphere.

Kehen means household or fireplace and symbolizes the fire god, Brahman who protects the temple. Because it is an one of the most important temples in the region, many religious ceremonies take place here.

It is a colorful sight to see the women carrying large fruit offerings up the stairs and during these ceremonies, also different types of dances take place which are typical for the Bangli region.

Before entering the temple you are expected to dress accordingly: legs should be covered and you have to wear a temple-scarf around the waist.

If you are wearing shorts you can rent a sarong for a fee, along with the scarf.

In front of the temple, there is a booth where you can get a sarong and the Balinese man standing there is willing to answer any questions you have about the temple.