Located in the highlands of the Bedugul Regency in Bali, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan rests on top of a plateau in Lake Beratan. It is highly regarded as one of the Bali’s iconic landmarks similar to Pura Uluwatu and Tanah Lot. Considering its high altitude, scenic backdrop, and unique design, hundreds of tourists take the time to visit this temple complex at least once during their stay.
Here are 8 things you probably didn’t know about this historical landmark:
1. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is famously featured at the back of the 50000 Indonesian Rupiah banknote for its 2004/2005 series.
2. Located in a mountain at 1500 meters above sea level, the weather around the temple can be cool with the backdrop of the temple covered by fog. If you’re lucky enough, the clear lake can stay perfectly still with the views of the mountains making for a surreal postcard scene.
3. Believed to have been a site of worship since the megalithic period, a sarcophagus and a stone slate that dates back to 500 BC can be found in the left side of the temple.
4. The temple is said to have been built for Dewi Danu, the Balinese water, lake, and river goddess.
5. The existence of the temple can be traced back in the mid-16th century (1556) and is said to have been rebuilt by I Gusti Agung Putu (later known as Tjokorda Sakti Blambangan), the Raja of Mengwi in 1633.
6. The temple’s design features a mix of Hindu and Buddhist architectural styles and has been wonderfully well-kept by the local community.
7. It is located within Lake Beratan–Bali’s second largest lake, and the main source of irrigation in central Bali.
8. The complex consists of four different sections–Linga Pura in dedication to the God Shiva, Pura Puncak dedicated to the God Vishnu, Pura Teratai Bang is the main temple, and Pura Dalem Purwa dedicated to Sang Hyang Widhi.
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