Pura Ulun Danu Batur is regarded at the second place of the most important temples in Bali after Pura Besakih which becomes the mother temple in Bali. Nevertheless, we can make sure that it is not the only reason why this temple can attract people greatly. Visitors will love the view offered by this temple which is standing with the Mount Batur as background as well as the Batur Lake as the front view. The temple and Pura Besakih are very important because they will complete the balance of the universe. It becomes very important part of the Balinese Rwa Bhineda concept associated with two opposites balance. Pura Besakih as purusha or masculine is the place where people can pray to God to strengthen the people soul so they can get spiritual happiness. Meanwhile, Pura Ulun Danu Batur as pradana or feminine becomes the place where people can pray to God to strengthen their economic prosperity.
Pura ulun danu batur is built at 900 meters altitude above the sea level, there is no doubt that the temple located in the heart of central Bali will be great getaway for anyone who is seeking the comfortable mountain atmosphere and impressive view. The temple is rebuilt in 1926 and it is dedicated to the goddess of rivers and lakes called Dewi Batari Ulun Danu. The replacement as well as the rebuilt of the temple cannot be separated from the eruption of Mount Batur which occurred in 1917 and 1926. That is why the temple was removed to the higher area. It is not only the temple which was built on the higher ground because the village was also removed to the higher ground. Bali is well known of Subak landscape which becomes the irrigation system for drawing water from Lake Batur and Pura Ulun Danu Batur becomes the core of all water temple which can be found in Central Bali.
Pura Ulun Danu Batur
Nine different temples can be found in the complex with total 285 shrines as well as pavilions built for the gods and goddess of agriculture, water, craft, holy spring, and many more. The principal temple is Pura Penataran Agung Batur which comes with five primary courtyards. There is special event which is held once in five years called Danu Kerthi. It is the time for people to offer animal as sacrifice by drowning various kinds of livestock to the lake. Another great thing which can be found is that there is also Buddhist temple in the temple compound. Amazing temple , pura ulun danu batur.