When the mist embrace an old temple

This was the second time I visited Pura Ulun Danu (Ulun Danu Temple) which was located at the shore of Lake Beratan in Bedugul, Bali. Perhaps I always chose the wrong time to visit the temple, or it was the Creator’s intention that I had to see the temple covered by a very thick mist accompanied by drizzles and cold weather, so I could feel the mystical aura of the compound.

pura ulun danu beratan

Although covered by mist, however, the old temple still looks beautiful. Old? Yes the temple is very old indeed. According to an old manuscript; it was built in the 17th century by I Gusti Agung Putu who was also the first king of the ancient Mengwi Kingdom of Bali. It was dedicated to the goddess of the lake called Dewi Danu. Pura Ulun Danu was called ‘parhyangan ri pinggiring danu Beratan’ (sacred place located in the shore of Beratan Lake) back then.

As you may see, the temple has classical Hindu thatched roof called ‘meru‘. Standing on a tiny island just offshore the lake makes the temple seems to be floating on the surface of the lake.

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54 thoughts on “When the mist embrace an old temple

  1. This old temple looks beautiful, ideed. I like these monochromatic photos.

  2. These are breathtaking.

    • Without the mist, the temple will be look more breathtaking, because the mountain range that surrounded the lake will be a perfect background for the temple.

  3. Bellissime!

  4. jadi kangen ke Bedugul mas, pertama kali ke sana bareng teman teman sekuliahan

    rasanya spt gimana gitu saat berkeliling di sana dgn boat

    itu fotonya memang hitam putih ya mas ?

    • Dua kali kesana, selalu dapat suasana berkabut gerimis, jadi aku gak sempat nyobain naik perahu, Mbak. Terus soal foto, aslinya sih berwarna, cuma karena kabutnya tebal, jadinya sama saja dengan hitam putih, makanya sekalian saja aku bikin hitam putih 🙂

  5. Fantastic!

  6. An amazing place. I see the mooring posts and the steps so I suppose people go over to the temple in little boats?

  7. It give a very mysterious look which goes well with the old temple.

  8. Perasaan jadi dingiiiin, itu foto foto diambil pagi2 ya pak ?

  9. I love baliiii,….

  10. Amazing place!!! Beautiful shots!!!

  11. Beautiful. .

  12. Hi Chris. I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.
    http://buildingbridgesworld.wordpress.com/2012/12/22/the-versatile-blogger-award/

  13. Nice shots, Chris. I like the black and white. I think B & W looks better than bad weather. The misty ones are my favorites. 🙂 Marsha

  14. petit4chocolatier

    These are gorgeous. I love B & W.

  15. tiba-tiba merasa terlempar ke jaman tahun 1920-an di Bali… 🙂

  16. Very, very nice!!!
    Happy New Year, Cris!

  17. beautiful! i love these black and whites!

  18. Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as good as when I arrived. I’ll be back in a couple of weeks!

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