The Pura Ulun Danu Bratan in Bali is a temple that sticks out of the waters of Lake Bratan as though it is simply the peak of some much larger temple just beneath the water.
About the Temple
The temple is located on the edge of lake Bratan Bedugul Bali Indonesia. It is about 56 kilometers to the north along the highway Denpasar - Singaraja. The temple is one of the most famous Balinese Hindu temples.
Pura Penataran Agung Temple
This temple can be seen upon entering the Candi Bentar (split gate) towards Beratan. The temple is dedicated to the majesty of God in its manifestation as the Tri Purusha Shiva namely Shiva, Sada Shiva, and Parama Shiva.
Pura Dalem Purwa Temple
There are three main shrines, namely the Pelinggih Dalem Purwa, as a place to worship the goddess Durga and Lord Rudra revered as a source of prosperity, Bale Murda Manik (Bale Pemaruman) as the place for discussion, and Bale Panjang as a place to put the offerings. The shrines in this temple are facing eastwards, located on the banks of the southern side of Lake Beratan.
Pura Taman Beji Temple
It serves to Ngebejiang ceremony (to purify the ritual paraphernalia) and to invoke Tirta (the holy water). This temple also serves as a place for Melasti (Hindu Balinese purification ceremony) by the surrounding community.
Pura Lingga Petak Temple
This temple is believed to be the main source of water and fertility of Lake Beratan. There are two shrines in this temple that are a shrine with eleven roofs (Pelinggih Meru Tumpang Solas) facing toward the south, and a shrine with 3 roofs (Pelinggih Meru Tumpang Telu) which has four doors facing the four cardinal directions.
Pura Prajapati Temple
This temple is located under a big banyan tree. This temple functioned as a place of goddess Durga. This temple is facing to the west and became the first temple found after visitors pass through the admission ticket's counter to enter the area of Lake Beratan.
In the area of Ulun Danu Beratan, there is also a Buddhist Stupa. The Buddhist stupa here indicates that the presence of the harmony in inter-religious life. This stupa facing to the south and is located outside the main area of the complex Ulun Danu Beratan Temple.
Legend and Stories
A short history of Ulun Danu Temple Beratan can be known based on archaeological data and historical data contained in a papyrus (Palm-leaf manuscript/Palmyra) chronicle of Mengwi. According to archaeological data located on the left of the front yard of Ulun Danu Bedugul Temple, there is a stone sarcophagus and a stone board which comes from megalithic tradition period, around 500 BC.
The nearest airport to Baturiti is ngurah rai airport, bali which is 47 km away from Baturiti city centre. There are no railway services to Bali. You can take a train to Banyuwangi and then take a ferry from there to Bali. One can drive or take a bus from Java or Jakarta to Bali.
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan ,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
The temple is open from 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM