Luhur Uluwatu: Iconic cliffside Sea Temple in Bali

  • Jan 15, 2021
  • Sandeep Bidari

Uluwatu Temple is one of the most visited and famous Balinese Hindu Temples. The Uluwatu Temple known as Pura Segara is a sea temple and regarded as one of the Sad Kahyangan. The Cliffside temple is dedicated to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa as the Manifestation of Lord Rudra. The temple is best known for the infinite looks and pristine oceanic views.

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History of Uluwatu Temple

The Pura Uluwatu is built at the end of the cliff drop of 70 meters. The locals believe that the rocky cliff side is the park of the Petrified Barque of Goddess Danu ( Dewi Danu).

Locals claim that there was a small temple before the expansion and large structure of Uluwatu Temple. The Javanese Sage Empu Kuturan expanded the temple in the 11th century's sage from the East Java, Dang Hyang Nirartha, in the 16th century added the Padmasana shrines and Moksha, an event called Ngeluhur, at the premise of the Uluwatu Temple.

How is the Name “ Pura Uluwatu'' derived?

The Name of the temple as Uluwatu is derived from the place where the temple is Located. The Word 'Ulu' means an ‘Edge’ and 'Watu' means a ‘Land’. From this meaning, 'Uluwatu' means an ending land or an edge of the shore. And Pura means a religious place where the worshipers use to pray and worship the Hindu God and Goddess faithfully as per Hindu Mythology. 

Pura Uluwatu is a temple built in Tri Mandala Architectural style at the tipping edge of Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali.

Best Time to Visit Uluwatu Temple in Bali?

Bali and Balinese are always blooming and forever the best place to visit. These evergreen temples always and everyday present uniquely remarkable memories and experiences. The best time to visit 

Luhur Uluwatu and Kecak Fire Dance

The Uluwatu temple is also known as Luhur Uluwatu. Most of the tourists visit the temple during the sunset for astounding and magical sunset views along with the mesmerizing evening show at the open airspace of the Temple. Every evening, a Performance called Kecak Fire Dance is shown at Uluwatu Temple. Kecak Dance or Kecak Fire Dance is the specially designed traditional and cultural dance that has been performed in several temples of Bali. Typically the story and the concept of the Kecak dance are inspired by the storyline from Epic Ramayana.

The Kecak Fire Dance in Uluwatu is one of the best things to experience in Bali and the best things to do as well.

Along with the majestic sunset, the fire dance gives awful moments.

Is Uluwatu Temple the best temple in Bali?

Pura Uluwatu or Pura Luhur Uluwatu is one of the best temples to visit in Bali and Indonesia as well. Residing at the 70 meters uprising cliffside, Uluwatu presents awful and magical sceneries. Along with the beautiful panoramas and joyful performance, the holy monkeys around the temples give more entertaining moments.

To know about the best temples to visit in Bali check the following blog:

Tourists are allowed to enter the temple, aren't they?

Every visitor and worshipper can enter the Bali Temples. There is no restriction. Certain etiquettes and rules are implied and you must have to remember all those. Tourists and visitors can enter the temple premises but are not allowed to go to the praying stand and central temple. Only worshippers are allowed. Previously they had no strict rules but they misbehave and inappropriate action of the tourist disrespecting the faith and beliefs of the Bali peoples cause to not allow the tourist in certain places inside the temple.

When in Bali Temples remember the Balinese Temple etiquette and Rules. If you want to know more of the Bali temples rules, check the following blog:

Also, read about Tanah Lot Temple:

Pura Tanah Lot: Most Popular and Most visited Temple In Bali

 

Sandeep Bidari

Sandeep Bidari

"Every corner on earth is superbly amazing and full of wonders!"

He is a passionate travel enthusiastic and nature lover loving to explore the hidden gems hold on by Mother Nature, adventurously and with lots of thrill! As he started to travel and explore the different corners of the world, he also uses to share his feeling and experience gained.