Ulun Danu Batur Temple in Kintamani

Mountain Temple in Bali

Ulun Danu Batur Temple is an important Balinese Hindu temple in Kintamani, central Bali. It's also called ‘Pura Batur’ or ‘Batur Temple’ for short. The temple is the second most significant mountain temple after the Besakih Temple complex. Ulun Danu Batur sits at the southwestern rim of the vast caldera of Mount Batur. It features around nine majestic temples within its complex. There's also over 200 different shrines and pavilions inside.

The temple complex's final site was established in 1926. This was after relocating from its original site at the foot of the volcano. Batur's eruptions in 1917 and 1921 saw lava flows damaging the former site. Ulun Danu Batur is not to be confused with the similarly named Ulun Danu Beratan (the famous lake temple in Bedugul).

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Highlights of Ulun Danu Batur Temple

Batur temple is around 900 metres above sea level. It faces west with the black lava-covered peak of Mount Batur in the background. Ulun Danu Batur is not a lake temple. However, it essentially honours the goddess of Lake Batur, Dewi Danu. She's revered by agrarian communities as the goddess of lakes and rivers. Dewi Danu is also believed to bless the island with fertility.

The different shrines that you can see within the complex honour a variety of deities. They govern many aspects of Balinese agrarian life. These range from agriculture, arts, carpentry, masonry and more. One of the most unique shrines is decorated in red Chinese ornaments. It's dedicated to the legendary Chinese queen of the historical King Sri Jaya Pangus, Kang Cing Wie. Batur temple’s anniversary is every Purnama Kedasa. This is known as the ‘tenth full moon’ on the 210-day cycle Balinese Pawukon calendar.

From the main temple courtyards, you can also catch a beautiful panorama of Mount Batur and its caldera lake. Great views are particularly from the Pura Penataran Agung Batu temple, to its west. The Ulun Danu Batur temple complex itself is along the same path that leads you towards the Kintamani highlands. From here, you can enjoy sweeping vistas over the vast Batur range. As with any temple visit, you're required to wear sarongs and a sash around your waist. These are available for rent (but usually sold for much cheaper) around the temple gates.

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Ulun Danu Batur Temple

  • Location: Jalan Raya Kintamani-Batur Selatan, Bangli
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