Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

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Label : Great For Family Outing

Tags : Temple

Timings : 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Time Required : 1 day

Entry Fee : Indonesians:
Adults: IDR 10,000,
Children: IDR 7,500
Adults: IDR 30,000,
Children: IDR 15,000

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Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Bali Overview

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.

The iconic Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple in Bali is one of the city's most loved attractions. Situated next to Lake Beratan, the lake's calm waters reflect the beautiful temple and create a hypnotic floating image. You can rent a boat for a trip on the lake here and enjoy majestic view of the temple from the lake.

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Significance of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is a Water Temple in Bali Dedicated to the Holy Trinity of
Hinduism and the Balinese Goddess Danu (Source)

Built-in the 17th century, the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple was originally erected in honor of the Trimurtis, or Holy Trinity of Hindu mythology - the Lords Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. It is also in honor of the lake Goddess Danu. Danu, in Balinese means lake. A stone slate and sacrophagus discovered on the temple premises, records the existence of the temple to as far back as around 500 BC. It is believed to have been rebult during the reign of King Mengwi in the 1600s, lending to its Buddhist influence.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Architecture

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple Complex in Bali is Made of Four Temples (Source)

Set amidst the scenic backdrop of the mountains of Bedugul and the lake Beratan, the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple forms a truly beautiful and majestic picture. It is located around 1500 metres above sea level, and is constructed in the typical Balinese architectural designs with multitiered shrines. There are four temples here - the Dalem Purwa Temple, Terate Bang Temple, Lingga Petak Temple and the Penataran Pucak Mangu Temple.

The Smaller Shrines of the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple Complex are
Dedicated to the Holy Trinity of Hindusim (Source)

Three shrines are in worship of each of the trimurtis. The 11 tiered shrine is for Lord Vishnu, the 7 tiered one is for Brahma, and the 3 tiered one is for Shiva. The colors of red,black and white is also representative of the trimurtis. A statue of Buddha is also enshrined within the temple, and there is a Buddhist stupa in the beautiful gardens of the temple.

Interesting Facts about Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

  • The temple's anniversary or Piodalan takes place every 210 according to the Balinese calendar - on a day known as the Kliwon Julungwangi Tuesday.
  • The regions in the Bedugul mountain region, as on other parts of the Bali islands, practice the UNESCO recognised system of irrigation, called subak. Ceremonies to pray for continued availability of water are often held in the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple.
  • Lake Beratan, is often known as the Lake of the Holy Mountain.

Best Time to Visit Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

April to October is the Best Time to Visit Pura Ulun Danu Bratan (Source)

The best time to visit the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple in Bali is during the months of April to October. The temple premises tend to be shrouded in fog during certain parts of the day, and if you wish to avoid that and get some truly great photos, try to plan your visit before 2:00 PM.

Tips for Visiting Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

  • Being a place of worship, visitors are expected to be sensitive of Balinese sentiments and dress modestly within temple premises. Men and women are also required to wear a scarf or a sash tied around the waist as per Bali custom.
  • There are boating options on the Beratan Lake, which give a beautiful view of the temple and its surroundings. Some water sport options like parasailing, fishing, and jet skiing are also available.

How To Reach Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is Located in Lake Beratan in the Bedugul Region of Bali (Source)

The Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple is around a 1.5 hour drive away from Ubud, and 2 hours from Seminyak. Since Bali is not know for public transportation, the best option would be to rent a car and hire a private driver to make the trip, through services like the Bali Car Rental.

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