Bali is also known as island of thousand temples which a true fact about the island. During your sightseeing period you will see those temples. The fact that there are many temples in the island is because every family in Bali has its own family temple. The family temple is not as large as village temple, more simple and located within the house yard. Villagers normally live in a house which consist some buildings which are occupied by a family on each building. Balinese lives with their cousins or even second cousin in the same house as their grandfathers are brothers.
Each house which has one gate normally has one family temple. Balinese worships God in this family temple as well as their ancestral spirit. The family temple brings harmony and gives positive atmosphere to the family. Balinese presents offering on daily basis in their family temple. This is a form of gratitude of the Balinese to the God for all good things come to them. Normally a family temple is located on the north east of the house. This is known as the holy spot of the house.
The family temple normally made from natural sandstone and normally built by Balinese workers who understand the culture. Each family temple is granted unique on each temple because the distance between each building on the family temple is calculated based on the owner’s foot size. Although it is not a must, but normally the family temple has higher ground than other part of the house.
Ceremony on the family temple is Bali can be based on 210 days (Six month) basis or some family use yearly basis calendar. Everyone is involved during the ceremony. Family members who live in the other area will come to prepare and join the ceremony. This is how Balinese maintain the kinship which strengthen the Balinese culture.