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Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, a majestic sight is locally known as Pura Ulun Danu Beratan and is popularly known as the Floating Temple. The temple is built on the shores of Lake Beratan, surrounded by the highlands of Bedugul region. The lake and the mountains adds a dreamy look to the beautiful architecture of the temple. And yes, the place is as pretty as it looks in the picture. The beauty of the place cast a spell and leaves us spellbound to the surreal beauty.
The history of the temple can be traced back to the rise of Mengwi Kingdom in the 17th century. The temple was built to worship the Hindu Gods- Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva; and the goddess of the lake- Dewi Danu. The name of the temple means the power or source of the Lake Beratan. The history of the temple is taken from the archeological artefacts identified in the chronicles of Mengwi. The structure of the temple is a blend of Hindu and Buddhist architecture. The temple constituting the three main temples are tiered shrines, the tallest shrine is 11 tiered dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the second is 7 tiered dedicated to Lord Brahma and the shortest 3 tiered is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temples were constructed to honour the gods and invoke fertility and prosperity in the region. The temple also bounds four distinct temples- Dalem Purwa Temple, Terate Bang Temple, Lingga Petak Temple and Penataran Pucak Mangu Temple.
Lake Beratan is the second largest lake in Bali and is a source of irrigation to the paddy rice fields. The lake is situated on the foothills of the ‘holy mountains’. Away from the humdrum of the daily life the place gives a sense of calmness and positive vibes.
The best time to visit the temple is between 9 AM to 2 PM as the fog resides over the lake after the noon. To witness the beautiful sunrise one must visit the place during the months of October to April. While visiting the temple one must keep in mind that they are visiting a holy place, so should wear appropriate clothes, a sarong and a sash are necessary for both men and women.
The temple is structured to adore the religious diversity of the nation. There is a magnificent banyan tree and to its opposite stands a Buddhist stupa. Robed Buddha encircles the shrine and on the hills, looms a huge mosque. The inner walls of the Hindu temples are sealed from the non-worshipers but the ceremonies can be seen from the gates of the temple. The place spreads out majestic vibes with religious serenity and nature’s beauty. It is a paradise for the photographers.
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.