The Uluwatu temple is aptly named due to its almost precarious positioning at the tip of a 70 foot cliff. The word Ulu is thought to mean lands end or tip whilst Watu means stone. The present structure is a large and rambling one thought to have been an expansion on the older smaller version, by Empu Kuturan, a Javanese Sage. Another acclaimed Sage – Dang Hyang Nirartha was responsible for establishing the Padmasana shrines at the temple and is said to have attained Moksha (Nirvana) at this temple. Due to this reason and the fact that the temple stands guard at one of the very tips of Bali, the Uluwatu temple is one of the 9 main directional temples highly considered by the locals.
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Make sure you include the Uluwatu temple in your to do list as part of the important attractions of the area. Given the height at which the temple is situated the views afforded of the India Ocean are spectacular.
Appropriate clothing suitable for a place of worship is recommended for all those wanting to go inside the temple. Sarongs are made available for a small rental fee at the entrance in any event.
There are many monkeys dwelling alongside the temple and caution is advised in angering these creatures. The Kecak Dance or monkey dance performed each night is entertaining and the unique rock formations in the cave close by is also an attraction as are the giant waves found at the beach. Ofcourse these waves are only suitable for professional or advanced surfers.
It is one of the most spectacular temples found in Bali due to the amazing views afforded and is definitely a must do when visiting this part of the world.
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