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Batur temple or commonly called Ulun Danu
Temple is situated at 900 meters above sea level of Kalanganyar, Batur village, Kintamani District on the eastern side of the main road leading to Denpasar or Singaraja Via Bangli.

The temple faced west ward where mount Batur and remains of its solidified black laves serve as backdrop and lake Batur stretches far down the slope, enchased the beauty to nature around the temple.


Ulun danu means the "head of the lake," and the original site of this temple was at the lake's northeastern corner - the "holiest" quarter, associated with the vitality of the sun as it approaches its zenith. Violent eruptions of the volcano in 1917 buried much of the area and took the lives of nearly a thousand people. Another serious eruption in 1926 forced the decision to rebuild the temple at its present site, high up on the rim of the crater

Ida Batari Dewi Ulun Danu is the goddess of the lake.Pura Penataran Agung Batur is the principal temple, with five main courtyards. The dominant shrines are the merus an 11 tiered one for the lake goddess and three 9tiered ones for the gods of Mt Batur, Mt Agung, and Ida Batara Dalem Baturenggong, the deified king of Gelgel who is said to have ruled from 1460 to 1550. The Chinese-looking shrine to the northwest, with brightly painted statues, is for Ida Ratu Ayu Subandar, the patron saint of commerce. Another important shrine is the 3-tiered meru to Ida Ratu Ayu Kentel Gumi, who protects crops from disease.


This temple sits quietly on the lake Bratan , offers spectacular view irrespective of the time of the day...even more mystical during the morning before the sunrise. Talk a walk around the lake ..its really peaceful ...but also dont miss its beautiful garden ...

See my Ulun Danu travelogue for MORE pics !

( Included in most of the Tanah Lot - Bedugul tour )

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  • Updated May 10, 2004
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