Pura Ulun Danu temple, Bali, Indonesia

Pura Ulun Danu temple, Bali, Indonesia

 

When you think about Bali, you imagine its deep blue oceans, golden sand, white foam and shimmering sunlight. However, Bali is more than a scenic spot. It is a culture-rich destination that takes pride in its traditions. 95% of Bali’s population follows Hinduism. As such, you can easily find Hindu temples surrounding the area. The Ulun Dani Beratan Temple is one of the most popular temples in Bali and is considered a significant landmark.

Aside from being a historical spot, Ulun Danu Temple is also a breathtaking scenery, being surrounded by a smooth lake, making it look like it’s floating. The mountain ranges in the Bedugul region where the temple is found also provide a more picturesque backdrop.

 

Short history

The temple was built in the 17th century, and was created for the worship of the Hindu trinity along with the lake goddess, Dewi Danu. It was created during the rise of the Mengwi kingdom. The place is composed of shrines, which include the Lingga Petak shrine, the most iconic of them all. The place also has 4 gates symbolizing the 4 directions in a compass.

 

Reasons for visiting

 

Pura Ulun Danu temple sunset, Bali, Indonesia

Pura Ulun Danu temple sunset, Bali, Indonesia

 

As soon as you enter the temple gates, you will instantly notice the Balinese architectural structures along with the shrines. There are other shrines located inside the complex, and they all represent different gods being worshipped by Hindus.

Aside from followers of Hinduism, other tourists are attracted to the place because it is calm and quiet. It also has favorable weather condition all year round. The scenic spots are perfect for photographs, and are among the world’s most photographed sites.

If you are lucky to be able to visit Bali during the Piodalan or the Ulun Danu Beratan temple anniversary, you will witness various ceremonies that display the beauty and colors of local Balinese traditions. Aside from visiting temples, you might also want to go hiking, fishing, or a motorized tour of the area. Local tour guides can give you the kind of activity that you wanted to experience. The temple occupies a small part of a vast land that you can discover once you are there.