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Bali’s religious tolerance and cultural diversity are well known to the outer world and they become obvious when you visit Puja Mandala located on a hilltop in Nusa Dua in Badung regency. It is a place of worship as the words describe and now it is one of the precious tourist attractions in Bali which depicts how Bali has transformed to become the perfect island welcoming cultural diversities and religious tolerance.
The area of Puja Mandala extends up to 2.5 hectares filled with glittering towers and buildings, Puja Mandala agrees with nature and expresses a quiet, serene atmosphere, though.
Highlights: The idea of Puja Mandala was in the head of former tourism minister Joop Ave as to develop a worship complex for all the religions in Bali and it became a reality when the president nodded his head in agreement with him. The construction of the complex was finished in 1997 and the inauguration was done by the then minister of religious affairs, Tarmizi Taher.
The complex houses Ibnu Baitullah Mosque, Maria Bunda Segala Bangsa Catholic Church, Budhina Guna Buddhist Temple, Bukit Doa Protestant Church and Jagat Natha Hindu Temple.
They all stand in harmony, side by side, letting people believe that religion is to unite people not to divide. Tourists, as well as locals, find this place a unique concept which portrays a distinguished architectural style as well. During the religious celebrations, the real tolerance comes into light when all people will take part in the celebration of any religion and work together to make it grand.
People come together to help each other during the special occasions and festivals of each religion, thus showing the respect to other religions.
Location: Jalan Nusa Dua, Kuta Selatan, Benoa, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia.
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