Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu temple is located in Pecatu, Southern Kuta, Badung, Bali, Indonesia.  This temple location is on a steep cliff in southern of Bali . . .  


One of Bali most spectacular temples located on a high cliff top at the edge of a plateau, 250 feet above the Indian Ocean. Known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu (yes, that’s the real name: “Luhur” means “something of divine origin” while “Uluwatu” can be broken into “ulu” which means “land’s end” and “watu” means “rock” in the old language).   Nonetheless, merely mentioning Uluwatu will get you here in no time.

Pura Luhur Uluwatu is regarded as one of the six most important temples in Bali. Its location on the south westernmost precinct of this magical island guards the Balinese from the evil spirit of the ocean. 

The inner sanctum of the temple is perched majestically on the edge of cliff. Visitors can enjoy on two different vantage points on both northern and southern portions of the area. Sunset viewing at Uluwatu is one of the must-do in Bali.

There is a minimal entrance fee to enter. Kamben are available for rental at the entrance. It was indeed a hassle free experience for me. And the view is out of this world.

This is the most spectacular temple on the island of Bali. The inner sanctum of the pura is perched majestically on the edge of a steep cliff that towers above the legendary surf breaks of southern Bali.

We can also watch fire dance and kecak dance in the evening.  Very amazing performance while see sunset in the west.

About Uluwatu

Pura Uluwatu Luhur pangeder-ider in Siwa Sidhanta Hindu Bali is located in the southwest as a shrine to glorify God as Batara Rudra. Pura Uluwatu Luhur position is face-to-face with Andakasa Pura, Pura Batur and Pura Besakih. Because in the Pura Uluwatu is focused Luhur Wisesa power or spiritual power and the three Dewa Brahma Temple of Andakasa, god Vishnu of Pura Batur and Dewa Siwa of Pura Besakih. Three powers Wisesa called Tri Kona that is needed in this life. Dynamics of life will achieve success when there is a balance of Utpati, Stithi and Pralina.

According Lontar Kusuma Dewa, this temple was founded by MPU Kuturan in eleventh century. This is one of six Pura Sad Kahyangan in the Lontar Dewa Kusuma. Pura – Pura or Temples called Sad Kahyangan, there are  Pura Besakih, Pura Lempuhyang Luhur, Pura Goa Lawah, Luhur Pura Uluwatu, Pura Luhur Batukaru Jagat and Pura Pusering.

Due to many of the Lontar Sad Kahyangan, the year 1979-1980 Institute of Hindu Dharma (UNHI now) on the assignment Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia Pusat conduct in depth research. Finally conclude that Pura Sad Kahyangan according Lontar Kusuma Dewa it is defined as the Pura Sad Kahyangan Sad, because when Bali has not been broken into nine kingdoms. Lontar was made 1005 years BC or 927 years Saka.

Pura Uluwatu Luhur is worship for The God of Rudra and Shiva temples. Pura Uluwatu Luhur established based on the conception Sad Winayaka and Padma Bhuwana. As the temple was founded with the concept Sad Winayaka, Pura Uluwatu Luhur as one of the Pura Sad Kahyangan to preserve Sad Kertih (Atma Kerti, Samudra Kerti, Danu Kerti, Wana Kerti, Jagat Kerti dan Jana Kerti).

Meanwhile, as the temple that was established based on the conception Padma Bhuwana, Pura Luhur Uluwatu was established as the Lord of the southwest. Siva worship god Rudra is the glorification of God in providing energy to its creatures. Strength of The Third Holy God Tri Murti (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva temples) integrates in Luhur Pura Uluwatu.

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