Pura Ulun Danu on Lake Bratan
For my 4th day of intensive tourism on the island of Bali.... this time I have a driver from Seminyak, because the drop point today is more than 2h30 (55 km) away.
We are heading towards Lake Bratan located in the north of the island. Object of the visit: the famous Ulundanu temple which is on the edge of the lake.
World famous image, that is to say my impatience to see this site with my own eyes.
The city is behind us... here, the traffic is a little more fluid
Sometimes you get stuck in a traffic jam due to a cremation ceremony...
All that remains is to wait and move forward to the rhythm of the procession
Taman Ayun Temple
The Pura Taman Ayun Temple was built in 1634 and completely restored in 1937. It was the largest temple in the kingdom of Mengwi until its fall in 1891. It is dedicated to the deities of the mountains and forests.
... and there are certain rules to observe...
A small stopover in this temple located about twenty kilometers from our starting point....
We leave this temple behind and continue on our way to Lake Bratan
Lake Bratan, Pura Unlun Danu Bratan
The superb Ulun Danu Bratan temple is located on a peninsula on the banks of the Bratan. This sacred volcanic lake plays a vital role in the irrigation of the region and for the south of the island. The religious complex is dedicated to the water goddess Dewi Danu.
The religious complex, built in 1633, consists of several temples on different islets. It is used as a place of Hindu worship on the one hand and as a place of Buddhist worship on the other, with the altar as the centre of all ceremonies. A closer look at the structure of the religious buildings gives the impression that the Ulun Danu Bratan Temple floats above the waters of Lake Bratan. The main temple, Pura Teratai Bang, has an imposing "Meru" with seven roofs, and on another small island stands a "Meru" with eleven roofs. Thanks to its architecture, Ulun Danu Bratan is a very popular temple and after the Tanah Lot, it is the most photographed temple in Bali.
The temple is located at an altitude of 1200 meters and surrounded by mountains, the temperature is very pleasant. The fact that there is often fog at this altitude, makes Ulun Danu a very mysterious atmosphere. The temple is less than an hour from the city of Ubud. To reach Lake Bratan and reach the temple, you have to take a bus up the slopes of the volcano, which is far from being a chore since the road, dotted with rice fields, deep lakes and picturesque villages, is captivating. The very fertile region around the mountain lake is a superb deep green.
I couldn't have come at a better time: I arrive in the middle of a ceremony for which I have no idea why.
Cremation? Birth? Wedding?
Anyway, it is the opportunity to take some typical photos, because it must be recognized, as beautiful as the location of this small temple so particular,
So... this ceremony is just in time for me, so to speak.
Near Lake Bratan...
I leave the small temple and its magnificent lake...
As I had spotted a small popular market when I arrived in the area, I wanted to take a few pictures: We find the same fruits as in Thailand... the same flowers, very pleasant salesmen always wearing a bright and spontaneous smile!