MONKEYS AND TEMPLES - SEPTEMBER 2005
After a short break, I'm back to continue the Bali saga; it has only a two year delay...
"Kedaton, also known as «Holy Forest», is a small forest, located in Sangeh Village, with hundreds of monkeys living freely, around the temple of Pura Bukit Sari. They are quite acquainted to receive the visit of tourists, and thus have many expertise in snatching cameras, jewellery, wristwatches or glasses to trade for food"
"RESTAURANT with the perfect location: a perfect view to go with your meal"
PURA ULUN DANU BRATAN
"PILGRIMS - Danu Bratan is inside the caldera of the extinct volcano Gunung Catur, and is one of the main sources of irrigation in the Balinese highlands. The temple is dedicated to Dewi Danu, the lake goddess, and pilgrims come to pray and to ensure generous harvests"
"RESTAURANT - Another one with a beautiful view"
"SNAKES - Amazingly, tourists don't seem to pay much attention..."
"TEMPLE - Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is located on the western bank of Lake Bratan in at 1239m, and according to an ancient manuscript, was built by I Gusti Agung Putu, King of Mengwi, in 1633"
"LINGGA PETAK - The small shrine, with a three-tier meru, is dedicated to Shiva. In 1968, during its renovation, three long round stones - red, white and black - were discovered. The white stone was believed to be a "lingga", a phallic symbol of Shiva, associated with the worship of fertility"
"THE ELEVEN-TIERED MERU is the home of the god of Gunung Mangu, said to be the residence of Wisnu, thus the meru is dedicated to Wisnu. The volcano is hidden, and the sun is gone astray"