Awestruck Experience: Pura Ulun Danu in Bali

I was in Bali with a friend and since it was our last day in the beautiful island, we decided to spend our limited time to explore its other side. There were a lot in our list, but hotel staff suggested to see one Balinese Hindu temple in Candi Kuning. At first I was reluctant because I thought it would be all the same temples I had previously visited like in Sri Lanka. I was actually thinking of visiting Ketut, a Balinese shaman (manghuhula) who was catapulted to fame because of the book/movie, “Eat, Pray, Love”. But since we would be hopping from one place to another along the way, then we got on for a day tour. There would be other time for Ketut and the adventure in Ubud.

After travelling for more than an hour in a rented private car, we reached our destination which is perhaps around 1000 meters above sea level. Cool breeze greeted us when we stepped out from the car. We proceeded to pay IR 30,000 to enter a relatively small complex where the Ulun Danu Temple is located. I was amazed by the place. Though busy that day as many tourists flocking the place, the atmosphere was peaceful. It gives you a feeling of serenity, a glimpse of Balinese spirituality.

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Ulun Danu Temple is set at the west side of lake Beratan, the second largest lake in the island. Built in honor of Siwa Ganung, goddess of water, the temple stands high and charms every visitor. It is picture perfect and couples would love to have this as backdrop of their pre-nuptial shoots.

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Adding to the stunning beauty of the place is Beratan mountain which on its own is likewise picturesque. During our visit, it is mist covered. And one local told us that anytime of the day a slight drizzle is expected.

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The place has manicured gardens with well trimmed grasses. A Buddha statue could also be found in another side which means that Buddhism has presence in the area.

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Scattered around the complex are several structures Hindus used for their worship and celebrations.

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I would not leave the place without at least dipping my feet on the cool water of the lake. I should have even tried to swim or ride a boat that roams around the lake to see the temple afar.

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Our visit in the temple was worth it. The romantic feel of the place and its spiritual aura overwhelmed me. I truly admire how the place was taken care of especially those pagodas which stand for hundred years. It was a good journey to end our one week stay in the city of Gods.

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