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Uluwatu temple

Uluwatu temple on the rock cliff with stunning ocean view - Bali Hello Travel

Uluwatu temple on the rock cliff with stunning ocean view – Bali Hello Travel

Uluwatu is one of the most beautiful Hindu Temple and famous in Bali Island. Uluwatu Temple is a beautiful stunning Hindu temple set on the rocky cliff bank in south part of Bali Peninsula. Uluwatu temple is one of Sad Kahyangan Temple in Bali (six big groups of Bali Temples), located in Pecatu Village, Sub district of South Kuta, and Badung Regency or about 25 Km southerly part of Denpasar town. It is situated on the coral reef sordid to sea about 80 meters above the sea level. It is featured by a small dry forest which is mostly called by Alas Kekeran (interdict forest) which is belong to the temple and dwelt by a lot of monkeys and other animal. Name of Uluwatu was come from the word Ulu meaning the head and Watu meaning stone. Therefore Uluwatu Temple mean the temple built in tip of coral reef. It is very easy to locate the Uluwatu Temple where you can reach it by any kind of vehicles. There is a good road passing Jimbaran countryside and go the one way to this temple.

History of Uluwatu Temple
In the right and left of temple building or Pelinggih Ida Bagus Ratu Jurit located in complex of Uluwatu Temple, there are two stone mangers that look like a boat. When both of it are united, hence it’s look similar to sarcophagus, the famous stone from megalithic era culture. There is archaeology omission coming from 16 centuries in firm of arch or winged entrance gate. Winged entrance gate is one of the scarce archaeology omissions. Winged entrance gate that is existing in Uluwatu Temple (a period of its making) can be compared with the same one located in mosque complex in Sendangduwur Village, Lamongan, East Java. The period of its making is relevant with the year Candrasengkala found at this inscription. Candrasengkala founded in the mosque is written by the wording Gunaning Salira Tirta Hayu meaning year 1483 Saka or 1561 Masehi. If the sarcophagus that existing in Dalem Jurit complex area represents the artifact, hence Uluwatu Temple represents the place sanctified since era of megalithic culture (About 500 S.M). In papyrus of Usana Bali mentioned that Mpu Kuturan (The Hindu Priest who spread out the Hinduism in Bali) had built a lot of temple in this island and one of them Uluwatu Temple. In papyrus of Dwijendra Tatwa has been elaborated that Mpu Kuturan had visited this temple twice, as following details:

  • The first visit when he conducts the Tirtha Yatra (the journey to visit the holy places). His heart had jolted and heard a soul whisper that place good for worshiping God when arrive in Uluwatu. On that time, he chose this place as a place for Ngeluwur (re of soul /dead leave without body to return to the origin/moksa). Pursuant to the consideration then he set mind to build the Parhayangan or extend the building of Uluwatu Temple which there have previously. When Mpu Kuturan extend the building of Uluwatu Temple, he build hostel as residence and then the ex- the hostel building is used by the local people as a shrine named the Gong Hill Temple (Pura Bukit Gong). The building of Parhyangan in Uluwatu Temple is done by Mpu Kuturan in the early 16 century after he lifted to become the Purohita (priest of king adviser) from king of Dalem Waturenggong commander in the year 1460-1552 .
  • Mpu Kuturan on his second visit has reached the nature Moksa. OnTuesday of Kliwon Medangsya (Balinese Calendar), it was witnessed by a fisherman, his name Ki Pasek Nambangan, he looked the flash with very bright light step into the space called Ngeluwur.

Implicit at papyrus Padma Bhuwana that Uluwatu Temple draw in the direction that is located in Southwest functioning to worship the Rudra God, one of the god in nine god (Dewata Nawa Sanga). Rudra God is the Deity Siwa as Pemralina or return to provenance. In this papyrus also mention that Uluwatu Temple is the Kahyangan World worshiped by entire Hindu people. Since this area is opened for public, it is visited by many people from all over the world because it has beautiful panorama with spectacular sunset and stunning view of Indian Ocean and deep the cliff bank. It is the perfect to visit in Bali.

Being a popular surfing spot for the very experienced, Uluwatu offers a wonderful vantage point to view a spectacular sunset. Warungs or small restaurants perched on the cliff offer a comfortable spot to survey the vast Indian Ocean beyond and below the 100-meter-high cliffs with panorama on three sides. Monkeys inhabit the temple and cliff face hoping for a banana or some peanuts from the visitors. With only Rp 20.000 entrance fee for foreigner included for using sarong along the visit.  then you can enter and see the spectacular view of the temple, little forest with the attractive monkeys (just be careful, some of them are naughty monkeys that like to snatch and grab tourist stuffs, like hat, sunglasses, etc) Indian ocean view as well as the beautiful stunning sunset. In this temple area also performed Kecak and fire dance, which starts at 6 pm to 7 pm, daily show, on the open stage facing the ocean.

Complete your Bali holiday by listing this place on you tour program, as it is a must to see on Bali island…:)
You can do simple to join the Uluwatu Temple Tour with Bali Hello Travel to discover the whole story of this site and you also have a change to have Uluwatu Tour Package as your preferable choice on your vacation in Bali.

Here below are photos of Uluwatu Temple in Bali Island

Uluwatu temple at stairways to  heaven and  praying arae - Bali Hello Travel

Uluwatu temple at stairways to heaven and praying arae – Bali Hello Travel

Uluwatu temple area at one of temple gate - Bali Hello Travel

Uluwatu temple look on the cliff corner  - Bali Hello Travel

Uluwatu temple look on the cliff corner – Bali Hello Travel

Uluwatu temple at praying time - Bali Hello Travel

Uluwatu temple at praying time – Bali Hello Travel

Stunning Uluwatu temple area in the morning with cliff and ocean view - Bali Hello Travel

Stunning Uluwatu temple in the morning with cliff and ocean view – Bali Hello Travel

Uluwatu temple with cliff and ocean view  - Bali Hello Travel

Uluwatu temple with cliff and ocean view – Bali Hello Travel

Monkeys at Uluwatu temple while sunset - Bali Hello Travel

Monkeys at Uluwatu temple while sunset – Bali Hello Travel

Uluwatu temple at sunset time and Indian ocean view - Bali Hello Travel

Uluwatu temple at sunset time and Indian ocean view – Bali Hello Travel

Monkeys at Uluwatu temple while sunset - Bali Hello Travel

Monkeys at Uluwatu temple while sunset – Bali Hello Travel

Kecak and Fire dance at Uluwatu temple performed at sunset - Bali Hello Travel

Kecak and Fire dance at Uluwatu temple performed at sunset – Bali Hello Travel