Ulundanu Beratan Temple Is So Beautiful Floating on the Water

Tabanan

The Ulundanu Beratan Temple complex on the shores of Lake Beratan in Candikuning Village, Baturiti District, Tabanan, Bali is easy to find through photos. The temple is floating on the water.

The Ulundanu Beratan Temple complex has two temples that have a very high religious function for Hindus on the island of Bali. The complex has also become a tourist icon.

Deputy Penguger Pura Ulundanu Beratan I Nyoman Sukita said the two temples that were seen floating on the surface of the water functioned as places of worship of Lord Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, and Dewi Danu.

“The temple with overlapping meru telu (three roofs) is the Trilingga. Its function is as a place of worship of Lord Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. While the temple with meru overlapping eleven serves as a place of worship of Dewi Danu,” said Sukita.

Ulundanu Bratan Temple (Thinkstock)

According to him, Dewi Danu is a manifestation of God who has given fertility and prosperity. So the worship of Dewi Danu is closely related to agricultural activities.

“The worship is carried out as a form of gratitude and gratitude for the fertility and prosperity obtained from agricultural activities,” said Sukita.

This procession of worship of Dewi Danu takes place simultaneously with other temples that are still in the same area. Such as Pura Dalem Purwa which is a place of worship of God as the ruler of all nature. As well as Penataran Temple which is a place of worship for nine gods from the nine cardinal directions.

Sukita explained, the worship ceremony is routinely held every six months. Precisely on Anggara Kasih Julungwangi or Tuesday Kliwon Wuku Julungwangi.

“Or 15 days before Galungan. Hindus from various regions in Bali will come here,” said Sukita.

Its connection with agricultural activities also makes this temple associated with Subak or traditional agricultural organizations in Bali. Water from Lake Beratan flows through Badung Regency, Tabanan Regency, and Denpasar City.

So, when the procession of the ceremony is carried out, the three local governments are confirmed to be responsible for its implementation. Including the residents who are members of the Gebok Satakan.

“Gebok Satakan consists of 15 traditional villages, 3 forced villages, and 2 ayahan puri,” he said.

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