Ulun Danu Batur Temple

ulun-danu-batur-temple.jpgThe second most important temple after Besakih Temple, it is the ceremonial throne for Ida Betari Dewi Danu, the goddess of the lake and housing more than 90 shrines. The goddess is honored with a tall meru of eleven tiers, sign of the highest divinity. One of the most interesting shrines in the inner courtyard is a distinctly Chinese-looking pavilion to the far left dedicated to a Chinese princess whose image is recalled in the Barong Landung dance play. Worth visiting at any time of year, especially during the odalan festival, usually in March depending on the full moon, which is dedicated to the goddess of the crater lake, who is said to control the irrigation systems for the entire island.