Ulun danu bratan is a beautiful temple in Bali, Indonesia. Erected in the Hindu Classical style, it was built in 1688 by raja of Mengwi. Featuring manicured gardens that encourage a sense of peace and restfulness, it attracts tourists from all over the world. It is one of the most photographed attractions in Bali.
The temple, sitting upon an area that juts into a lake, features three obvious structures. The smaller structure, referred to as a meru, is phallic shaped, as is often featured in the temple architecture in Indian designs. The meru name is referenced to Mt Meru, a sacred Hindu peak considered a home to the Gods. This temple is dedicated to Siwa, also known as the Destroyer.
The larger meru, more famous due to its size and multi layers, features eleven roofs. The importance of the number of roofs is with regard to the importance of a god, and the worship indicated. The maximum number of allowed roofs is thirteen. It is dedicated to Wisnu and Dewi Danu. The third meru is located on the shore, and boasts a seven tiered meru. It is dedicated to the Brahma, or Creator. Worshippers may pray in the temple, but outsiders are not permitted inside.
Ulun danu bratan is located on the western shore of Lake Bratan. It’s location with proximity to the three western mountain lakes featured in the area is often used by locals as an indication of travel. Local farmers make pilgrimages to the lake area and these temples to pray for water and fertility in their fields. For visitors, however, it offers a peaceful journey to a lakeside temple with gracefully manicured gardens, surrounded by gorgeous lakes that often reflect the beauty of the temples. Visitors are further captivated with the mountainous region, and on a clear day, the silhouette of the temples can be seen with these mountains as their backdrop. Tourists may arrive by car, but the lucky might arrive by boat. The rare and privileged visitor will arrive early in the day, watching the sunrise come up behind the temple while rowing on the lake.