Sangsit – Temple Beji
(Pura Beji), Sangsit village (turn inland at Sangsit, 7 km east of Singaraja on the coast road and proceed about 600 metres to the temple). A splendid pink sandstone temple with especially dramatic stone carvings, which is one that is rarely visited temple by tourists.
The temple is dedicated to the goddess of rice, Dewi Sri, who protects the irrigated rice fields. The temple was built in the 15th century during the Majapahit period and is considered to be one of the oldest temples in Bali. The temple was actually built on the site of a well. Pura Beji represents a perfect example of the northern rococo style of temple carving, with strange off-angle symmetry. The temple was built of easily carved soft pink sandstone and its walls are decorated with sculptures of demons, snakes and devils. The Candi Bentar is amazing and is composed of naga-snakes and imaginary beasts, devils, as well as leyak guardians. Inside the large inner courtyard you will see old kamboja trees. Of particular interest are the wooden statues and a throne of the sun-god. There you can also find some carvings of Dutch musicians^ which is quite unusual. Entrance fee is by way of a donation and temple sashes are for hire at the entrance.