The Holy Beratan Temple
Beratan Temple is located in the highlands of Bedugul, on the north side of Tabanan regency. This temple is located on the edge of Lake Bratan, the lake is is located at an altitude of approximately 1200 meters above sea level. The cool and chilled weather making this temple is sometimes covered in fog. This temple is also commonly referred to as Ulun Danu, usually used as a building of worship to Sang Hyang Dewi Danu, the giver of fertility. All around this temple, you will be treated to stunning scenery. Lakes and beautiful mountains further enhance the ambiance of this Beratan Temple. This Beratan Lake is also functioned as a source of irrigation of paddy fields in the surrounding.
History of Beratan Temple
The history of the Beratan Temple is written in a story called Lontar Babad Mengwi. In the chronicle, it is told that the temple was founded in 1556 Saka or 1634 AD. This temple was founded by the founder of the Mengwi Kingdom named I Gusti Agung Putu. In addition to establishing this temple, I Gusti Agung Putu also established Pura Taman Ayun. If you are on the edge of Lake Beratan, you seemed to be back to the past. Airs that chilled, the fog that covered the lake and overcast weather gives you peace and create magical feels. This situation is difficult to find in other places.
Other Temple around Beratan Temple
Beratan Temple consists of four pieces of sacred buildings. Consists of Pura Lingga Petak, this temple has three levels of Meru designated as a worship of Lord Shiva. The second is Penataran Puncak Mangu which has 11 levels of Meru as a place of worship to Lord Vishnu. Pura Teratai Bang as the main temple. Then Pura Dalem Purwa is built as a place of worship to Sang Hyang Widhi. Beratan Temple is a place of worship for the Trinity Gods. It can be seen from three stones called Tri Datu. The stone is painted in red, black, and white, the stones represent the epitome of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Myth says that Beratan lake is the largest lake in Bal. However, because of the impact of the earthquake was very powerful, Beratan then divided into 3 small lakes is Lake Bratan, Lake Tamblingan and Lake Buyan.