Facing the sacred Mount Agung and the biggest crater lake Batur. Ulun Danu Batur Temple Batur is one of the great sacred temples in Bali. Surround its presence with the lake crater. Both the temple and the lake has a huge role for the local. Where most of them grown vegetable and crops for their living.
The locals rely on their income wealth from the agricultural resources. And make Lake Batur as their main water source. The lake responsible for filling the entire agriculture in Kintamani village. To express their gratitude for deities, Ulun Danu Temple Batur was built. The temple presents the local devoted to the God Vishnu and the Goddess Danu.
In exchange for what the God had given them, God Vishnu protecting the water and Goddess Danu protecting the lake. The locals perform an annual ritual by praying at this temple first. Later then they will continue to Besakih Temple. The annual ritual believes as their settlement, as god will maintain the stability of the entire island.
The 17th Century Temple
According to an ancient Balinese manuscript. Ulun Danu Batur Temple was built in the 17th-century. Lies in a village on the southwest of Mount Batur. Ulun Danu Batur has witnessed multiple eruptions from the past. An eruption of Mount Batur in 1917 where the lava brought many misfortunes to the villager.
But ends miraculously at the gates of Ulun Danu Batur Temple. Realizing the lava did not reach inside the temple, the villagers chose to stay in the area. Another eruption that came in 1926. This time, the lava involve bigger damage to the village. The damages happened to almost the entire village, cause casualties and stops the entire activities in the village.
As the eruption also brought some damages to the temple, the villagers could not pray properly. The catastrophe forces them to move to another place. Some accessories from Ulun Danu Batur Temple was also brought for the locals ritual. During the evacuation while waiting to go back to their village. The resident still prays spiritedly in the new village where they live as a refuge.
Ulun Danu Batur Temple Visitor Guidelines
Just like other rules when entering the Hindu sacred temple in Bali. Women in a period are not allowed to enter. Tourist is required to wear a sarong and tie a sash on the waist. Visitors could get the sarong and sash from the local guide or buy or rent them right in front of the temple.
Before getting to the temple area, bring a layer of a warm jacket. As Kintamani village is set right on the slope of Mount Batur. And is known as one of the coldest places in Bali. Make sure to prepare. Unlike other places in Bali that is usually warm or even hot. Here, the temperature could drop to 14 degrees Celsius.
Dress properly and make sure to cover both knee and shoulder. Be respectful and avoid taking pictures too close when the local pray. Visitors will find that Ulun Danu Batur Temple consists of nine temples. Each one is diverse with a total of 285 small shrines. Tribute to the god and goddesses of water, prosperity, agriculture, health, art, crafts, trading and business.
Ulun Danu Batur Temple Inside The Tribute
The main temple
Penataran Agung Batur is the main temple in Ulun Danu Batur. With a total five courtyards, 11-tiered shrine sets in the middle and most sacred courtyard. The three 9-tiered present to Mount Batur, Mount Abang, and Ida Batara Dalem Waturenggong. Ida Batara was the deified king from the Gelgel dynasty.
The four other temples are Penataran Jati, Tirta Bungkah, Taman Sari is located in other Courtyards. The five other temples are Tirta Mas Mampeh, Sampian Wangi, Gunarali, Padang Sila, and Tuluk Biyu are situated in the last courtyard.
As the main temple, Penataran Agung Temple is beautifully decorated with red Chinese ornament, especially in an annual festival. The pilgrims will pray in this temple before leaving the temple to continue to Besakih Temple.
The Sacred Mount Batur
The iconic view of this place is, of course, Mount Batur. Mount Batur is an active volcano located right behind the temple. This volcano is the second biggest volcano in Bali after Mount Agung. This active volcano is marked by a crescent-shaped caldera.
Visitors or pilgrims will see clearly the mountain view during visiting the temple. There is no need to climb to see sunrise come up from the mountain. Now that Ulun Danu Batur Temple also offers a magnificent view and popular for its sunrise. Wake up early to capture the sunrise moments.
The Crystal Clear Lake Batur
As the temple is on the caldera, a lake namely Lake Batur which is inside of the caldera is one of the attraction. A clear view to crystal lake Batur is observable from the temple. As Ulun Danu Batur Temple resides in the higher part from the lake. This lake is marked with the trunyan village. Which is populated by Bali Aga, the original tribe of Bali.
The villager earns a living from farming. As the lake helps them by irrigating their rice field. When they are not busy harvesting, they will catch some fish as the lake also filled with lots of it.
Ulun Danu Batur Temple Opening Hours
The temple is open for the public visitor on Mondays to Sundays. The best time to visit is before March or after April. Between those months, the temple holds annual festival according to Balinese Calendar. In those months, all Balinese Hindu will visit to pray.
|Ulun Danu Batur Temple Opening Hours|
|Monday to Sunday closed in Nyepi||09:00 – 17:00 WITA|
Ulun Danu Batur Temple Entrance Fee
Tourist will need to pay for the entrance ticket to see the temple. The locals and children will aggressively try to sell their service. As a guide or renting sarong. Everything is negotiable here. Just remember to not wear short.
|Ulun Danu Batur Temple Entrance Fee|
How To Get To Ulun Danu Batur Temple
There is no public transportation to reach the temple. The average price for a car with driver and fuel is Rp 500.000/10 hours. 10 hours, will be sufficient to get to the tourist spot in Kintamani Area. Renting a motorcycle will cost Rp 100.000 for 1-day use.
Ulun Danu Batur Temple Address & Location
The 17-century temple is located in Kintamani street, Kintamani village, Bangli district, Bali 80652.