Hey, how was your day? today I would like to deliver an information about one best place in Bali that you must to visit when you would like to see the beautiful sunset. Bali as a small provinces of Indonesia has a lot of beautiful tourist destination for you to visit. One of that tourist destination is Uluwatu Temple. Uluwatu Temple is one of Hindu’s Temple.
Uluwatu Temple is located in Pecatu Village, Kuta Sub-district, Badung District, Bali. That’s about 30 kilometers to the south of Denpasar. Uluwatu Temple or Luwur Temple, is one of the six Sad Kahyangan Temples in Bali, the main spiritual pillars in Bali Island.
History of Uluwatu Temple
Uluwatu Temple has two different opinions concerning the History of this Temple.
- First Opinions, Some people believe that the temple was built by Empu Kuturan in 9th AD.
- Second Opinions, Other people claim that the temple was built by Dang Hyang Nirartha, a pedanda (Hindu monk) from Daha Kingdom (Kediri) in East Java. Dang Hyang Nirartha came to Bali in 1546 AD, during the reign of Dalem Waturenggong. The monk built Uluwatu Temple on Pecatu Hill. After completing a spiritual journey around Bali, the monk went back to Uluwatu Temple and died there. He “moksa” (died and his body vanished), leaving the “Marcapada” (worldly life) and entering Swargaloka (heaven).
The “Piodalan” or ceremony commemorating the temple’s anniversary is held on Anggara Kasih day, in wuku Medangsia in Caka calendar. Usually the ceremony lasts for three days thronged by of thousands of Hindus people. Uluwatu Temple stand on a 70-meter-high cliff protruding above Indian Ocean. That’s being a great interesting point for a lot visitor from around the world. visitors to the temple have to take a long stone stairway to reach it. The temple heads east, unlike other Balinese temples which face west or south. The Balinese Hindus believe that the three divine powers of Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva become one here. That belief results in making Uluwatu Temple 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 protect Bali from evil sea spirits. Inside of Uluwatu Temple you will find a lot of wild monkey living there. I recommended you don’t stay to close with them, and please take care of your belonging along the trip in this temple. The belonging that you must take care such as sunglasses, wallet, necklace, ring, bracelet, bag, hat, etc. To enter this temple the visitors must use “sarong” (Balinese Traditional Sarong), but don’t worry you will able to get that here at the entrance gate.
A lot visitors from around the world mostly like to come here on the afternoon, because the temple view on the afternoon will be more interesting. Perfectly sunset view from this temple will be really great for your trip experiences in Bali. Not only wonderful sunset view, in the afternoon you will also able to watch one of Balinese traditional dance while enjoying the sunset view. That’s Kecak Dance. Kecak dance is one Balinese traditional dance that telling the story of Ramayana. That might be a great experiences, to know about the Balinese culture and art. Kecak and Fire Dance Performance is performed everyday at the adjacent cliff-top stage at 18:00 to 19:00. Visitors are charged a nominal fee, the ticket around USD 10/person. Well guys, that’s a bit information about one of tourist destination in Bali that you must to visit on your trip.