Perched on the shore of Lake Bratan, Bedugul, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is a major water temple complex and one of the main places of worship for Balinese Shivaite.
Built in 1633, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan was originally used for offerings ceremony to the Dewi Danu; Balinese river goddess, due to the importance of Lake Bratan as a main source of irrigation in central Bali. It is considered as one of the most beautiful Balinese Hindu temples due to its location. When the water level of Lake Bratan rises, the temple looks like as if it’s floating above the water, creating a surreal and mesmerizing view worth taking picture of.
According to chronicle Mengwi, I Gusti Agung Putu as the founder of Mengwi Kingdom founded the temple on the edge of Beratan Lake before he founded The Taman Ayun Temple. Although the founding year of the temple is not clearly known, but according to the manuscript, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan was established before the Saka year 1556, by the founding father of Mengwi Kingdom I Gusti Agung Putu. The temple contains several important relics including 11 stories of ‘pelinggih meru’ shrines dedicated for Shiva and his consort Parvathi. Nowadays, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan becomes one of the major tourism sites and visited by hundreds of tourists on daily basis.