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16 Nov, 2013

Hindu alliance supports move to limit tourist access to Bali temples | The Jakarta Post

Youths grouped under the Hindu Alliance Caring for Bali (Aliansi Hindu Peduli Bali) declared their support for the plan to limit tourist access to temples throughout Bali. The statement was conveyed by the group at the Bali Legislative Council office on Thursday.

“We understand that temples have been part of the tourist attraction for years. To keep the sanctity of temples on the island, we demanded a firm policy to limit access to temples for tourists. We demand a policy to prohibit tourists entering the utama mandala, the main part of temple,” I Ketut Bagus Arjana Wira Putra, chairman of the alliance, said.

Hindu temples are architecturally and philosophically divided into three zones — the jeroan or utama mandala (the inner and most sacred part of the temple), jaba tengah (the middle section) and jaba luar (temple yard).

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