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Ulun Danu Bratan Temple  

by on Saturday, 26 May 20073 Comments | 2,606 views

Ulun Danu Bratan Temple may seem like floating on the surface of the Lake Bratan, as a matter of fact, it is situated on a small promontory jutting out from the western shore of the lake, flooded periodically by the rising lake. This sacred temple is a historical monument of peaceful amalgamation of Buddhist and Hindu in Bali. this half-Hindu, half-Buddhist temple was built by the king of Mengwi in 1633 A.D, dedicated to Dewi Danu, the Goddess of Lake.

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Lake Bratan is looked upon as a source of irrigation water for the south part of the island. Therefore, the Ulun Danu Bratan Temple is the central temple for thousands of irrigation temples and shrines that spread all over southern region of Bali. Island-wide ceremonies are held every year in this temple to ensure a steady and continued supply of water and thousands of pilgrims come from all over the island to pay homage. This sacred temple is also regarded as a central temple by the blacksmith (pande) clan that its members spread all over the island.

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The pathway to the temple is shaded by big Banyan tree. The temple is surrounded by immaculate garden with trumpet-flower trees and gladiolas backed by the majestic Mount Catur on the background, creates a picturesque view. This temple houses intricately carved Buddhists stupa, elegant 11-tiered meru (multi-roofed shrine) dedicated to Vishnu, seven-tiered meru dedicated to Brahma and three-tiered meru that houses a lingga to Shiva. There are also two small shrines inside the temple complex.

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This temple maybe the most picturesque temple in Bali. Visitors are falling in love with its mesmerizing garden, especially during the sunrise. The temple itself is a masterpiece of traditional Balinese architecture set on a perfect location.

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