The secluded and mysterious Uluwatu Temple known as Pura Luhur in the native tongue is counted amongst the six major temples which form the spiritual pillars of Bali. It is well-known for its amazing location, seemingly perched on the summit of a rocky cliff, a lofty 70 metres above ground level.
Many people visit the temple to experience the sensational sunsets which may be observed from here, with the seemingly endless Indian Ocean stretching to the horizon. You will also be able to admire the exotic Balinese architectural features, age-old sculptures and traditional gateways at this picturesque place of worship. Another noteworthy attraction to be seen here is the colourful daily kecak dances which are staged at this location.
The spectacular setting of Uluwatu Temple has to be seen to be believed and it provides sensational panoramic views for the visitor. The shrine is reached via a winding pathway which takes a scenic route to the summit. A small stretch of forested area may be seen in front of the temple and troops of monkeys dwell here. These forest denizens are considered to protect the site from negative influences.
The Hindus of Bali are of the belief that the different divine forces of the deities Vishnu, Brahma and Siva are united at this place of worship. Accordingly the temple is considered to hold the power of Siva Rudra, a supreme deity who permeates all the elements and life forces within the universe. The temple is also thought to safeguard the island of Bali from malevolent ocean spirits.
Behind the principal shrine in a courtyard the visitor will see an authentic Brahmin statue. There are two separate entranceways to the inner area of the temple. Both are split gateways with carvings of flowers and leaves. Ornamenting each is a guardian sculpture resembling an elephant-headed human figure.
At six month intervals according to the calendar of the Balinese vibrant anniversary festivities are conducted at the temple, presided over by its patrons, the Jro Kuta royal family.
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Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+