The temple of Ulun Danu Bratan is located on the shores of Bratan Lake, south of the island. It is considered one of the most beautiful temples in Bali. He is dedicated to the goddess of water, Dewi Danu.
The temple was built in 1633. It consists of several sanctuaries spread over several islands. The temple is shared between Hindu culture and Buddhist culture, and has a central altar for ceremonies. The main temple is the Pura Teratai Bang, which has a typical tower with seven roofs, but the island is also home to an 11-roofed temple. With an optical effect, if you observe well, you will have the impression that the temple literally floats on the water!
Located at 1,200 meters above sea level, the temple is surrounded by mountains and enjoys a mild climate. Fog is common at this altitude, further exacerbating the surrounding mystery sensation Ulun Danu.
The temple is about an hour’s drive from Ubud, where you can see the volcano before arriving at Bratan Lake and the temple. But the trip is not a challenge: the landscape is dotted with rice fields, lakes and picturesque villages, all grouped together in the lush greenery surrounding the mountain lake.
The history of the Ulun Danu Temple dates back to the birth of the Mengwi Kingdom. The complex of “floating” temples includes four groups of shrines, including the prominent Lingga Petak sanctuary to the east. There are four doors facing each of the four points of the compass. The second group is located to the west and pays homage to another temple on Puncak Mangu Hill and is considered the symbol of soil fertility. The “puncak” or Mangu hill is northeast of Beratan Lake.