Temples in Ubud For a Spiritual Reawakening

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Temples in Ubud

A visit to Ubud is incomplete if you haven't visited the temples in Ubud. Besides being famous for traditional crafts and dance, Ubud also offers much more for spiritual seekers. The brilliant Balinese architecture, intricate carvings are indeed a treat for a weary traveller's eyes.

Here is the list of 15 Temples in Ubud For a Spiritual Reawakening

1. Ubud Water Palace, Saraswati Temple, Ubud - One of the Most Sacred Temples in Ubud

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Ubud Water Palace which is a temple for the worship of Lord Saraswati was originally the residential palace of the Sukawati royal family of Ubud. It is now one of the most sacred places in Bali and apart from offering a beautiful lotus pond and water garden, the temple hosts a classic Bali dance show at night which one shouldn't miss out on. It was designed by famous architect Gusti Nyoman Lempad, who followed the rules of Tri Mandala spatial distribution while designing the palace.

2. Pura Gunung Lebah, Bali

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Nestled over the Campuhan valley where the Sungai Cerik meets, Pura Gunung Lebah is one of the most significant temples in Ubud. An 8th-century edifice dedicated to the goddess of Batur, the temple features a traditional Balinese Padmanasa or empty stone throne atop its intricately carved tower-like structure.

3. Pura Dalem, Bali

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The Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali hides another gem in its southwestern corner - the Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, or the 'Padangtegal Great Temple of Death', dedicated to Lord Shiva. Thought to have been built around 1350, the Kecak dance performances at the temple in addition to the excellent craftsmanship make this a significant religious and cultural attraction of Ubud.

4. Pura Taman Saraswati, Bali

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Located in central Ubud, Pura Taman Saraswati is a sandstone carved temple dedicated to Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge and arts. Notable for the beautiful lotus pond and water garden that surround the main temple area, it also features a cafe for some snacks and a traditional dance performance to complete your visit to this spiritual temple.

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5. Pura Puseh Batuan, Bali

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Pura Puseh Batuan is a beautiful 11th-century Hindu temple in Ubud located in the namesake village of Batuan. Its five-tiered Candi Bentar gateway leads into multiple thatched-roof shrines, featuring floral motifs and statues of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Local artists display their works in a hall located opposite the temple, and the best time to visit is during its Piodalan anniversary celebrations.

6. Pura Dalem Penunggekan, Bali - One of the 'Darkest' Temples in Ubud

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Situated 3kms south from central Bangli, Pura Dalem Penunggekan depicts gory details of what happens to sinners in the afterlife. A temple of the dead, it's panels are carved with sinners becoming moneys and the horrifying fate that awaits adulterers. Sinners are shown begging to be spared, making this temple a slightly disturbing but culturally fascinating place to visit in Bali.

7. Ubud Palace, Bali

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An itinerary to Bali is incomplete without a stopover at Ubud Palace, located right on the main Jalan Raya Ubud road. Built in the 19th century by the ruler Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel, the palace's front section with its gardens and carvings is a visual delight, while international events on art, music and literature are held inside, making this place a cultural repository of Ubud.

8. Goa Gajah, Bali

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Northeast of Ubud, Bali lies the Pura Gunung Kawi temple, a site of Buddhist and Hindu religious rituals. Known for the 10 seven-metre-high shrines carved into stone, Gunung Kawi is believed to belong to 11th-century Udayana dynasty. The temple overlooks the Pakerisan river and is a unique cultural and historical attraction in the city.

9. Gunung Kawi, Bali

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Northeast of Ubud, Bali lies the Pura Gunung Kawi temple, a site of Buddhist and Hindu religious rituals. Known for the 10 seven-metre-high shrines carved into stone, Gunung Kawi is believed to belong to 11th-century Udayana dynasty. The temple overlooks the Pakerisan river and is a unique cultural and historical attraction in the city.

10. Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple, Bali

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One of the least visited temple complexes of Bali, Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple is a beautiful water temple located in Tellalang, Gianyar. Featuring lotus ponds surrounded by greenery, the temple also houses a water garden where the statute of Goddess Saraswari is kept. A split Candi Bentar gate takes leads you to the carved shrines inside.

11. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Bali

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Situated west of Lake Bratan in Bedugul, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu trinity of Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva. Surrounded by the lake which gives it a 'floating' appearance, the temple is constructed in traditional Balinese style with tiered shrines to honour the Hindu gods. The backdrop of the Bedugul mountains makes this a picturesque site of religious worship.

12. Pura Ulun Danu Batur, Bali

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Located in Kintamani, Central Bali, Pura Ulun Danu Batur is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Lake Goddess Dewi Danu. Comprising of nine temples, the majestic compound features 285 shrines and is one of the most important temples in Bali. The temple was damaged by volcanic eruptions before being rebuilt in 1926, and with its traditional Balinese architecture continues to be visually delightful.

13. Besakih Temple, Bali

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Known as Bali's 'Mother Temple', Pura Besakih is a majestic Hindu temple complex perched on the slopes of Mount Agung in Bali. The complex houses 23 separate temples and is believed to be at least 2000 years old. Sat in the lap of nature, nestled in between rice paddies, hillsides, and streams Besakih Temple adds to the feeling of serenity the temple is known for. The primary deities of this beautiful temple are Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. This huge temple complex comprises of around 86 temple shrines.

14. Pura Luhur Batukau, Bali

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The magnificent Batukaru Temple popularly referred to as the Pura Luhur Batukaru by the locals, is situated at the foot of the southern slope of the Mount Batukaru. Visually stunning, this sacred site is encompassed by lush forests, thus offering a fascinating environment to nature lovers. Being one of the nine directional temples that are located on the island, Pura Luhur Batukaru is believed to protect the region by warding off evil spirits.

15. Tirta Empul, Bali

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Built in 962 AD during the reign of Warmadewa dynasty, Pura Tirta Empul or Holy Water Temple is the legacy of a traditional good versus evil tale. It is home to a holy mountain spring that feeds the Pakerisan river, and is revered for its ritual purification by devotees. Visitors can admire the temple carvings but are forbidden from having the ritual bath.

Each of these temples in Ubud are one of its kind. Do visit these amazing temples in Ubud and share your experience in the comment section below.

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