Uluwatu Temple: Between Heaven and Earth

Uluwatu Temple

One of the six main temples considered to represent Bali’s spiritual pillars, Uluwatu Temple, or Pura Luhur Uluwatu, is famed for its breathtaking location on top of a rocky cliff about 70 metres above sea level. This temple and Tanah Lot Temple, another significant sea temple situated on the island’s western coast, both have magnificent sunset backdrops.

With direct views of the lovely Indian Ocean and daily Kecak dance performances, Pura Luhur Uluwatu is unquestionably one of the best locations on the island to see sunsets. Uluwatu Temple’s charm is enhanced by Balinese architecture, conventionally shaped entrances, and antiquated sculptures.

The architecture of Uluwatu Temple is distinctive, with a palm-frond black roof layered into the dark.

The most striking feature of Uluwatu Temple is its hazardous position, perched perilously between heaven and earth.

The virtual labyrinth, floating between the ceiling clouds and the waves lapping against the rocks at the foot of white foam, gives it a grand charm.

In addition to watu, which in the old language denotes “rock,” and ulu, which in English means “land’s end,” Luhur signifies “something of divine origin.” This unique temple’s purpose was properly characterised by its name.

According to inscriptions, Mpu Kunturan, a Majapahit monk who was also involved in the construction of numerous other significant temples in Bali, such as Pura Sakenan in Denpasar, initiated the construction of Uluwatu Temple roughly 1,000 years ago.

Additionally, the remnants discovered on the site, in accordance with the Archaeological Survey of India, demonstrate that the temple was constructed from a collection of stones that date back to the 10th century.

Then Uluwatu Temple became the final destination of worship for Dhang Hyang Dwijendra, a holy priest from eastern Java.

Hindus in Bali have the belief that he was struck by lightning as he attained the pinnacle of spiritual enlightenment and then vanished entirely.

However, according to legend, Dhang Hyang Dwijendra, also known as Danghyang Nirartha or Dhang Hyang Dwijendra, was the designer of the Uluwatu Temple and numerous other temples in Bali, Lombok, and Sumbawa.

The Uluwatu Temple, also known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu, wasn’t really accessible until 1983, and in 1999, a lightning strike caused some of the temple to catch fire. Since it was first constructed, the temple has undergone some repairs.

The split gates at the two entrances to the temple area are decorated with carvings of foliage and flowers. A couple of statues with human bodies and elephant heads stand in front of each of them.

The single-piece winged stone gate leading into Pura Uluwatu’s internal courtyard is a remnant of the 10th century. On the island, winged gates are not frequently found.

Pura Dalem Jurit was added to Pura Uluwatu in the sixteenth century. There are three statues there, and Brahma is one of them.

The vicinity of the temple contains two stone troughs. A sarcophagus is formed if they are both connected together (Megalithic coffin).

There are public amenities like restrooms, food stands, parking, and gift shops. However, those amenities are not in the vicinity of the temple; rather, they are in the parking lot next to the entrance of the building.

Large temple anniversary celebrations are held there every six months, in accordance with the 210-day Pawukon cycle followed by the Balinese people.

The festival is sponsored by the royal family of Jro Kuta from Denpasar, who look over the temple.

Uluwatu Temple is situated in Pecatu Village, Kuta South District of Badung, Bali, Indonesia, precisely at the southernmost point of the island.

It is located on Bali’s southernmost point in a region called Bukit Peninsula. It is located around 25 kilometres south of Kuta and typically takes