Aha.......... Journey moving on. But before that, allow me to greet Rony happy touring again. Received his email again last Friday, good to hear that he is taking a tour again yesterday. According to him, He is going to take the China Tour again with 6 members of it. Gambateh, Rony!!!!! (Be patient to them although they might be a Trouble Maker) I'm looking forward to meet you when you are paying a visit to Sabah!!!
Ok, back to our journey to the center of Bali. And this time we will stop at Ulun Danu Bratan. Just before we proceeded to Ulun Danu Bratan, We had our lunch in one of the restaurant located at mountainside. I love the weather here - It's kind of cold!!
While we were having our lunch, mom and I had a little chat with Rony. From our conversation, we get to know that Rony (28), the youngest son amongst 4 siblings who is University student studied Hotel Management in local university was originally from Jawa. Then, afterthat further his one year study of Chinese in Taiwan. Recently started his carrier as tour guide with his uncle a year ago. I found that this little fellow really likes to ask a lot of questions. You won't get bored when you are talking to him. Heh.... Heh.....
After we had our lunch, the tour bus took us to Ulun Danu Bratan Temple. According to Bao Ge - Our Tour Guide saids that the temple was built on a promontory which was surrounded by lake's water, and this holy place is dedicated to Dewi Danu, The Goddess of Water. It was really a beautiful scenery here. Till I can't stop myself to snap photos around the place. (If you did noticed the 5000Rp of Indonesia money. They actually printed the Ulun Danu Bratan Temple on it.) So next time, you have a 5000Rp in your hand, try to see it for yourself.
Here are some shots from Ulun Danu Bratan Temple
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
Ulun Danu Temple is a Balinese Hindu Temple located at Candi Kuning countryside, Baturiti sub district and Tabanan regency. Its distance from Denpasar town is about 50 km north side the way from Denpasar to Singaraja. It is set at lakeside of Beratan with beautiful lake view and hills surround it. It is situated in the plateau area with cool atmosphere surround it and hills as a backdrop. We can find at north side of this temple is Pucak Sangkur mount, in the eastside there is Beratan Mount which also referred as Pucak Mangu or Pucak Pangelengan, in the south side there is Terate Bang Mount and in the Westside there is Tapak Mount and Watukaru Mount
The Story and Philosophy
The name of Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is taken from the lake where the temple is built at Beratan Lake. The name of Beratan Lake is inseparable with the Beratan Mount as Deity and Goddess as fertility source, prosperity to keep the prosperity in life and society life. In papyrus chronicle of the Mengwi, this temple is referred as the name of Parhyangan ri pinggiring danu Beratan (sanctum located in lakeside of Beratan Lake ). Ulun is come from Hulu word meaning head or power and in this case is intended by Ulun Danu Beratan means power of Beratan Lake that is Danu Goddess.
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is consisted of 4 temples complex that are:
-->Lingga Petak Temple owns the function to worship the Siwa God
-->Penataran Pucak Mangu Temple is referred this gate as Parhyangan ri pinggiring rawa Beratan or Danu Beratan Temple is founded by I Gusti Agung Putu to worship the Hyang ing Parwata or Deity which is placed in Pucak Mangu that is Bhatara Hyang Danawa as according to papyrus of Padma Bhuwana and Usana Bali, because Mangu Mount is located in north direction, hence it is called the Bhatara Hyang Danawa or Wisnu God
-->Terate Bang Temple is functioning to worship of Brahma God
-->Dalem Purwa Temple is functioning to worship of Danu Goddess which is considered to be miraculous of the Bhatara Hyang Danawa or Laksmi Goddess
In Papyrus Chronicle of the Mengwi is elaborated by the history of Ulun Danu Beratan Temple founding together with existence of the Mengwi Empire. Therefore its status is pertained with the secondhand of Temple Empire what is usually pertained as Dang Kahyangan. It is the same to the description in papyrus of Usana Bali and Padma Bhuwana, hence Puncak Mangu Temple where the Panyawangan (representative place to worship) is the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple . So it is called by entire Balinese residents as Kahyangan Jagat (The Biggest Group of Hindu Temple in Bali )
The temple ceremony execution at Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is consisted of two types those are:
-->The temple ceremony which is executed every six-month (210 days) that on Anggara (Tuesday) Kliwon Julungwangi (Base on Balinese Hindu calendar). Every 12 months (420 days) is executed by the bigger ceremony from the ordinary ceremony, so-called Piodalan Agung
-->Pakelem ceremony is executed at any times as according to situation and condition. The Pakelem ceremony owns the function to worship the supremacy and also cheapness of the infinite for award of life, fertility, prosperity, as impact of the existence of ecosystem balance so that give the benefit for life and universe life forever and ever, during Beratan Lake and Beratan Mount stand up
Ulun Danu Temple Beratan is opened for Visitors
If we look into the location, this temple is located in Beratan lakeside and it was the unique Bali Temple in Bali which are now many tourists paying a visit to this place. It is situated in the plateau area and surrounded by cold weather and owns the magnificent view which makes impression for every visitor. It is strategically located beside the main road from Denpasar to Singaraja. It is very easy to locate this temple by following the main road with the good access.
Here's another random shot of people selling things outside Ulun Danu Bratan Temple before we proceed to our final destination for the day - Marine Temple of Tanah Lot (Another hot spot of viewing the sunsets of Bali before we were having our dinner.)
In the next post you will see a pair of bridegroom and bride having their outdoor photo sessions that's really drew tourists' attention to shoot them as well. :)