Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, Bali – The Place to Worship The Goddess of Water

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Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, Bali - The Place to Worship The Goddess of Water

Ulun Danu Temple is the name of a tourist destination that is categorized as a must visit place in the Island of the Gods, Bali.

It is only understandable that this temple is always included as a place that should not be missed when someone travels to Bali because this temple not only looks beautiful, but is also one of the thing that represents the distinctive characteristics of the island’s culture and society.

This temple is often referred to as the water temple which was built as a place to make offerings to The Goddess of Water, Dewi Danu. The site shows how enormous role of “water” for the people of Bali. There are actually many (hundreds or even thousands) water temples built in the island’s waters, not only Ulun Danu Temple. All are intended to honor and perform offerings. However, this temple can be considered as the biggest and the oldest one.

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One of the reason for people to visit this unique Ulun Danu Temple is its long history. The building which has 11 levels of “roofs” was built almost 4 centuries ago. Precisely, the water temple was set up in 1633. So, it can be said that this temple shows the embodiment of a Balinese culture and way of life that has been passed down through generations. The facts that should not be missed when visiting a place.

Ulun Danu Temple is not a stand alone temple. It actually refers to a temple complex that consists of 5 temples and 1 stupa. The content of the complex are as mentioned below

  1. Penataran Agung Temple

  2. Dalem Purwa Temple

  3. Beji Park Temple

  4. Lingga Petak Temple ( The actual name of Ulun Danu Temple)

  5. Prajapati Temple

  6. Buddhist Stupa

The Ulun Danu Temple has a well that is thought to hold the ULUN DANU TIRTA or Ulun Danu holy water.

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Inside this Ulun Danu Temple there are several other historical relics, such as sarcophagi which are thought to come from safe Megalithic or around 500 BC. Therefore, it is suspected that the location where the temple complex stands has been used to perform rituals or worship ceremonies at that time.

Ulun Danu Temple itself is also often called  to as Pura Bratan. This is because the location is located on Lake Bratan which plays an important role in the agricultural irrigation system in Bali.

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It was also stated that Ulun Danu Temple was a form of dedication to Lord Syiwa and his wife, Panvathi.

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