Received: 11th September 2012 Distance: 11290 km (7,015 miles) Travel time: 28 days.
Thank you, Rachmalia from Indonesia!
Rachmalia is a student at the university of Indonesia, Dutch literature major. She writes: “You know? I really want to visit your country. I want to get scholarship and get a master study at Leiden University! Yeah! Hope I could get it! Dank je wel, Rachmalia.”
I hope so too!
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, or Pura Bratan, is a major Shivaite and water temple on Bali, Indonesia — the other major water temple being Pura Ulun Danu Batur. The temple complex is located on the shores of Lake Bratan in the mountains near Bedugul. Water temples serve the entire region in the outflow area; downstream there are many smaller water temples that are specific to each irrigation association (subak).
Built in 1663, this temple is used for offerings ceremony to the Balinese water, lake and river goddess Dewi Danu, due to the importance of Lake Bratan as a main source of irrigation in central Bali. The 11 stories of pelinggih meru are dedicated for Shiva and his consort Parvathi. Buddha statue also present inside this temple.
Lake Bratan is known as the Lake of Holy Mountain due to the fertility of this area. Located 1200 m above sea level, it has a cold tropical climate.