After the first most important temple in Bali, Pura Besakih, comes its second – Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. In other words, the Ulun Danu Temple.
The temple is regarded in Balinese Rwa Bhineda (The balance of two opposites) as Pradana (feminine). While the Besakih Temple as Purusha (masculine). The temple is one of Bali’s most visited tourist destinations and a beautiful historic and cultural wonder located on Lake Bratan in Bedugul.
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The Ulun Danu Temple is situated in the area of Lake Bratan, Bedugul. The distance travelled from Handara Golf & Resort is 4km and takes 10 minutes to reach.
It is believed by the Balinese that the temple embodies the meaning of universal balance. Besakih Temple is where the Balinese would worship their almighty for strength for the soul of the people in order to achieve spiritual satisfaction. At Uluan Danu Temple, prayers are conducted to strengthen prosperity. Rebuilt in 1926, the Ulun Danu Temple is dedicated to the goddess of lakes and rivers, Dewi Batari Ulun Danu.
Purpose and significance of the Ulun Danu Temple
The Ulun Danu Temple is the core of all water temples in central Bali. It paramount amongst all water temple systems that have a high authority over all irrigation systems that draw water from Lake Batur.
This distinct system is recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage that not only compromises the technical elements of rice field cultivation, but the social and religious unity in Bali known locally at ‘Tri Hata Karana’. There are 4 main purposes to the Ulun Danu Temple:
1. To worship their almighty, Sang Hyang Widhi for his care for the lake, rivers, and waters of Bali.
2. To worship the goddess Laksmi, goddess of lakes and rivers as well as beauty and fertility.
3. The meaning behind ‘Ulun Danu’ means ‘above the lake’.
4. Lake Bratan alone stands as a significant part of the Ulun Danu Temple.
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