A feel of culture at holiest temple

A feel of culture at holiest temple
Miss World pageant contestants pray as they visit Besakih temple in Karangasem on Bali island.

INDONESIA - The day started very early for the 129 contestants of the Miss World pageant on Wednesday, the third day after the annual competition officially kicked off.

As the early morning sun hit Nusa Dua, they departed from The Westin Resort Nusa Dua on the southern coast of Bali and travelled for two hours, heading to Besakih Temple in Karangasem, the island's eastern regency.

The contestants had the chance to get a glimpse of Balinese's Hindu culture during their visit to the island's mother temple located on the slopes of Mount Agung.

Upon their arrival at the temple, they were welcomed by regency officials and later joined a simple prayer ritual on the stairs leading up to the temple's main spire.

Visiting the largest and holiest temple on the island was surely a memorable experience for them, especially for Navneet Dhillon from India.

"There are many differences between Hinduism in Bali and India, like in the way we perform worship, and in terms of culture. But I believe God is everywhere," the Hindu devotee said.

Dhillon shared that she was very excited to have this valuable experience. She even said a special prayer in the temple.

"This is my first time to visit this temple. It's very beautiful. I pray for the best for everyone," she said.

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