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The Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is an essential stop on Bali’s cultural itinerary. The Hindu temple complex is located beside the Lake Bratan in Candi Kuning, Baturiti in the Tabanan Regency. The temple’s iconic tiered roof design against the mountainous backdrop is a panoramic sight that has made its way onto many a postcard and travel brochure. The journey from the capital of Denpasar is about fifty kilometres. Take the main road from Denpasar to Singaraja and the temple should be easy to locate and access.
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan was built in honour of the River Goddess, Danu; on the shores of Lake Bratan, the main source of water that sustains the region’s irrigation system. The King of Tabanan gifted I Gusti Ngurah Agung Putu with the area of Marga to found the Kingdom of Mengwi in the year 1555. The temple was built by I Gusti Ngurah Agung Putu after he defeated I Gusti Ngurah Batu Tumpeng. The premises includes four temples: Lingga Petak Temple, Penataran Pucak Mangu Temple, Terate Bang Temple and Dalem Purwa Temple. Every six months a temple ceremony known as the Kliwon Julungwangi is held in addition to the annual event, the Piodalan Agung Ceremony. The offerings celebrate Balinese water and the life sustaining role it plays.
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