Ulun Danu Bratan, Bali

the 'Floating' Temple on the Water

Administrator · Tuesday, 10 April 2018 · 4419 Views

Ulun Danu Bratan Temple is a place of worship of Hindu people who are located at the end of Lake Beratan, which is located in Bedugul tourist area, Candikuning Village, Baturiti District, Tabanan Regency, Bali. Mileage to it is about 56 km from Denpasar City bypassing the highway Denpasar-Singaraja.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is known for its characteristic that seems to be floating on the water because the sea water is rising or tide. Come on, acquaintance with this temple deeper!


The history of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan can be known based on archaeological data and historical data contained in the ejection of Babad Mengwi. Based on archaeological data, on the front page of this temple, there are relics of historical objects in the form of stone sarcophagus and stone board which is estimated to have existed since the time of megalithic (about 500 years before Christ).

So, it can be estimated that Pura Ulun Danu Beratan has been used to hold religious rituals since the time of megalithic tradition. Besi Mengwi, I Gusti Agung Putu, the founder of the Mengwi Kingdom, established the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan before he founded Taman Ayun Temple. Precisely before the Saka Year 1556. Since the establishment of the temple, the Kingdom of Mengwi became peaceful and prosperous, so the citizens call him I Gusti Agung Sakti.


Yup, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is right above Lake Beratan which is a lake that plays a vital role in people's lives, because as a source of water for agricultural irrigation. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan was established as a place of worship of Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa and the gods of keeping a lake. This temple also serves as a place of worship of Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of fertility and beauty residing in Lake Beratan.

The function of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan as a place of worship is manifested by the existence of several buildings of worship / pelinggih. Among the pelinggih, there are two buildings, namely Palebahan Pura Tengahing Segara and Palebahan Palinggih Linga Petak / Ulun Danu whose position jutted into the middle of the lake. The unique position of these two sacred buildings is rarely found in other temples established in lakes. That's what makes it has a very high aesthetic value and a tourist attraction.

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