Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, Bali (with Map & Photos)

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple Bali

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
 - the second most important Temple in Bali after the Pura Besakih. It was built in 1633 and is dedicated to the goddess of the Balinese Hindus Dewi Danu - the ruler of the water element.

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Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple Bali

The name of the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple literally translates as “head of the lake”. I will tell you what its history is and why it is interesting. You will also learn how to get there and what to see nearby.

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Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple Bali

History of Pura Ulun Danu Temple at Bratan Lake

Pura Ulun Danu Temple is one of the sacred temples of Bali. They are located throughout the island and are designed to protect the inhabitants from evil spirits.

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Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple Bali

Yes, this list is two temples Pura Ulun Danu. Moreover, near each lake (of which there are four in Bali) there is always a temple with that name. There is also Pura Ulun Danu Buyan and Pura Ulun Danu Tamblingan, but they are not among the sacred. Ulun Danu on Lake Batur is less popular with tourists. Perhaps because it is located in a remote place, where there are no other attractions. But I want to tell you about the second temple - at Bratan Lake .

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Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple Bali

One can often hear a story about Pura Ulun Danu that after the completion of the construction of the temple, the lady of lakes and rivers , Dewi Danu, liked it so much that she decided to take part of it for herself, raising the water level in the lake. However, if you come here in September or October, you can see that you can walk on the ground to any building. If you want to take beautiful photos, then it is better to go when the water of Lake Bratan floods part of the temple. The immobile water surface of the lake, which approaches most of the buildings, creates the effect of the temple's buoyancy.

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Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple Bali

Legend has it that this complex was built by blacksmiths-gunsmiths who made swords, ritual daggers (kris) and other edged weapons for the privileged strata of the population. But to build the temple master not by e obroy will, but on the orders of Prince Mengwi. After the construction of the temple, as a reward, the gunsmiths were allowed to live on its territory and practice their craft. After some time, the masters were driven out by the invaders who came from the island of Java.

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Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple Bali

Pura Ulun Danu - it is a temple, which is revered by locals as one of the most sacred places of the island. It sits on the edge of a lake, which is one of the main sources of fresh water for all of Bali's irrigation systems. In some places, the depth of the lake can reach 35 meters.

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Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple Bali

Temple Territory

As soon as you enter the main gate, you will be presented with typical Balinese tiered architecture and three main sanctuaries resembling pyramids.

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Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple Bali

  • The first is the most important and recognizable sanctuary of the complex with eleven tiers for worship and prayers to the god Vishnu, the guardian of the universe.

  • The second - a seven-tiered altar of the god of creation B p ahmy.

  • The third - with three tiers - is the temple of the supreme God Shiva, which represents cosmic consciousness, the immovable masculine principle of our universe and the dynamic feminine principle.

All together, Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma, form a triune deity.

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Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple Bali

Pura Ulun Danu Temple - a set consisting of ten individual churches, which in turn comprise 285 shrines and pavilions. They were created to honor the gods and goddesses of water, agriculture, arts, crafts, and holy springs.

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Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple Bali

To earn the favor of the water goddess, on whom the well-being of the people depends, believers often conduct religious rituals, colorful ceremonies and present the goddess with all kinds of offerings. For this, the following holidays are held annually:

  • The sacred day of the temple is pyodalan. It takes place every 210 days (according to the Balinese calendar)

  • Piodalan Agung. This is the largest holiday that is celebrated here. Passes every 4 to 20 days.
Tourists are allowed to be in all parts of the temple, except for the central one, intended for these solemn events.

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Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple Bali

In addition, the temple has a playground - not very modern, but it will be able to keep the children busy for a while. There is also a large park area that blends in very well with the environment.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple is located far from the places familiar to tourists, in the mountains, at an altitude of more than one thousand two hundred meters above sea level. However, everyone who comes to the island will surely see the building on the 50,000 Indonesian rupiah note.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple Map