Mount Gunung Agung is one of the clusters of four that divides the island into northern and southern parts. All four mountains are considered sacred, with Mount Agung holding the highest peak and degree of sacredness at the altitude of 3031 meters. As Vedic Sanatana Hindus, Balinese respect mountains as the dwelling of the gods. Mount Agung is believed to be home to Mahadewa, the supreme manifestation of Lord Shiva, considered by many as the most superior of all gods. Mount Meru is a sacred cosmological mountain that bears heaven on its summit, considered to be the center of all universes; physical, metaphysical, and spiritual. For the Balinese, Mt Gunung Agung represents the center of their universe, sacred reference, protection, and carries equal spiritual importance as we have for Mt Kailash.
(love cloud irisation on the top as if the lava is oozing out).
pictures by Mariarosa Genitrini