Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
Ulund Danu Beratan Temple is the largest temple in Bali after Pura Besakih. The name of this temple refers to its location which stands on the shores of Lake Beratan. Location of this temple is quite special because it is in the highlands Bedugul. Its about 1,239 meters above sea level. The air temperature between 18-22 degrees Celsius.
This temple is open for tourist to visit between 08.00 until 18.00. However, if the temple area is foggy they will close it earlier. Ulun Danu Beratan temple is about 55 kilometers from Denpasar. To get to this spot tourists can use public transportation or taxi.
The founding of the temple can trace to one of the stories recorded in Lontar Babad Mengwi. Its telling about a nobleman named I Gusti Agung Putu. He suffered a war defeat from I Gusti Ngurah Batu Tumpeng. To rise from the defeat he did a ritual. He meditated at the top of Mount Mangu to gain strength and enlightenment. Finishing from his hermitage he then established Belayu palace. Then he returned to battle against I Gusti Ngurah Batu Tumpeng . In this fight he gained a victory.
The founding of this temple is before 1556 Saka 1 year before he found Taman Ayun Temple. Taman Ayun is one of other temple also found by I Gusti Agung Putu.
As a historical and religious tourism object, Pura Ulun Danu Beratan complete with supporting tourist facilities. There are parking lot, playground for children and toilets. Near the playground there is a restaurant serving a variety of dishes. This restaurant will usually be full of visitors during lunch hour.
Visitors can enjoy the uniqueness of the temple and the beautiful natural surroundings. They must first buy a ticket before entering the temple. The travelers will then pass the paths decorated with flowers, grass and evergreen fir trees. This path leads to the entrance to the temple.
Inside the temple complex there are at least some tower buildings that have a roof terraced. The tower with 11 levels roof, 7 levels and 3 levels. The existence of the storied tower depicts the worship of three gods. The three gods namely Vishnu (11 levels), God Brahma (7 levels), and Lord Shiva (3 levels).
Located on the shores it makes the land around the temple is often flooded. This condition creates a very beautiful scenery. The temple complex with its multilevel tower as if in the middle of the lake. This state of overflowing water is the best moment to photograph the Temple.