Uluwatu Temple also called the Luwur Temple, is one of the six Sad Kahyangan Temples, the main spiritual pillar on the island of Bali. Located in Pecatu Village, Kuta District, Badung Regency, Bali. This temple is 30 kilometers south of Denpasar.
Here the visitor can also watching kecak dance performed everyday at the adjacent cliff-top stage at 18:00 to 19:00.
History of Uluwatu Temple
This temple was built by Dang Hyang Nirartha, a pedanda (Hindu monk) from the Kingdom of Daha (Kediri) in East Java. Dang Hyang Nirartha came to Bali in 1546, during the reign of Dalem Waturenggong. The monk built the Uluwatu Temple on Pecatu hill, Tanah Lot Temple on the rock and many temple around Bali. After completing the spiritual journey around Bali. Dang Hyang Nirartha returned to Uluwatu Temple and died there. He is moksa (dead and his body disappears), leaves Marcapada (worldly life) and enters Swargaloka (heaven).
Uluwatu Temple is located on a 70 meter high cliff that rises above the Indonesian Ocean. Visiting this temple must be a long stone staircase. This temple faces east, unlike other temples in Bali that face west or south.
Whats we believe ..?
Balinese Hindus believe that the three divine powers Brahma, Wisnu, and Siva are one here. This belief led the Uluwatu Temple to become a place of worship of Siva Rudra, the Balinese Hindu deity of all elements and aspects of life in the universe. Uluwatu Temple is also dedicated to protecting Bali from the evil spirits of the sea.
Uniquely, at this location there are hundreds of monkeys roaming along the road outside the temple. Even though monkeys look benign, visitors are expected to be careful because they often take food from the visitors’ hands and snatch visitor goods.
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They are believed to guard the temple from bad influences. The serpentine path to the temple is enriched by concrete walls on the side of the cliff. It takes about an hour to move from one end to the other because there are several fenced points along the way to stop. The view of the wavy water base against the rocks and oceanic horizons is extraordinary.
The inner court is an open space paved with stone floors. There is a wooden building near the north gate. To the west, across the entrance, there is the Paduraksa Gate which opens the way to the next inner court. Unlike those found outside, this stone gate is equipped with a roof. The door is an arch that is framed with a stone arrangement. There is a giant head statue above the frame. The top of the gate looks like a crown and is decorated with relief sculptures.
The distance between the gate and the wall is filled with a surface full of relief sculptures. There is a small rectangular field in the south that stretches over the sea. There is wooden construction at the end of the field which seems to be a place where people can sit and watch the ocean. Uluwatu Temple has undergone several restorations. In 1999, a lightning struck the temple and caused a fire.
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Piodalan or a ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the temple was held on Anggara Kasih day, on the Medangsia temple on the Caka calendar. Every six months according to the Bali 210-day Pawukon cycle.
Rule to get in to Uluwatu Temple
Visitors must wear a sarong and sash, and appropriate clothing that is common for temple visits. They can be rented here include entrance fee. Entrance fee IDR.30.000/adult and IDR. 15.000/child include free use sarong. The best time to visit is before sunset
How to Get here…?
To reach this location you can use a motor bike, a car with his own driver, and Rent a car with driver. Because the path to the location is somewhat winding and confusing. We suggest you take a Bali Private transport with driver Or take a one-day Uluwatu Sunset Tour. It will fill your holiday with an amazing atmosphere, I am sure you will be amazed at the scenery in front of you.