The wonderful sight of Uluwatu Temple
Day 3, April 18, 2013 | Uluwatu Temple
highlight: accommodation tips, Uluwatu Temple, Odalan
We got up quite early this last day since I had a mission to visit Uluwatu temple before we pack our bag and head home. It was around 6.30 AM that we went further south to the end of the road above the cliff to Uluwatu Temple, one of the Balinese sea temple, which is also Bali’s nine key directional temples.
From Jimbaran to Uluwatu wasn’t half as far as going to Tanah Lot from Kuta, although I felt almost the same length was traveled. It was a smooth 40-mins long journey and we got there pretty early, however the place was already crowded with people who came to celebrate Odalan.
It’s a common knowledge that Bali is famous for a lot of things, the breathtakingly beautiful and many kinds of beaches, the cultural- historical- archaeological attractions, the picturesque landscape, the amiable and hospitable people; in shorts, many things that will make you reconsider to lengthen your vacation just a bit more. One that Bali is also famous with, something that you will easily recognize at every turns and corners when you visit this Island of the Gods, is their strong belief and loyalty for Hinduism; Odalan is one of the testaments.
Odalan is one of the ceremonies that Balinese-Hindu people celebrate to commemorate the anniversary of a temple. From the locals that came to Uluwatu Temple on that morning, I learned that Odalan is a festival signifying the attendance of Sang Hyang (Gods) in the temple as the building is complete and ready to use, thus marking the birth of the temple. With the numerous temples found in Bali, it seems that Odalan is held throughout the year, more so since it is celebrated every 210-days, or a year in Balinese Pawukon Calendar. Depends on the temple, the celebration can take from one to three or more days.
In Uluwatu temple, I was told that it’s a 3-day festival with people praying and bringing up offering into the temple. From what I saw, the men and boys mostly wore white shirts with muted-color sarong and the optional udeng head wrap, while the women and girls wore kebaya and colorful sarong with obi-like-belts. Visitors are expected to wear proper clothes as how one would go to a religious site; although wouldn’t it be better if we can join in and wear those clothes, too? There are kiosks in the area that sold sarongs and shawls if we wanted to change and dress ourselves like the natives.
The Do’s and Don’t’s at Uluwatu temple
Since I got there too early, the ticket box wasn’t open yet, so we got inside for free. Visitors can’t go inside the main building of the temple, which is unfortunate but then it’s better since visitors attendance inside the temple might disrupt the people who come to pray.
In exchange to that I can enjoy the wonderful sights surrounding the temple. Uluwatu temple is located on a high cliff with the cobalt-blue waves bravely dare the rocks beneath, the sound of their constant fights echoing in the open air, and the fresh sea wind breezes right through, caressing each strands of your hair lovingly- it’s a great experience for me.
Can’t take my eyes off of the waves daring the rocks *____*
Cliffs on the opposite side~
Ah, on a side note, there are monkeys so be careful with your belonging or they would grab it and make them theirs. Also there are leeches, so be mindful on your steps.
Locals said I should be careful of them, although at that time they all looked docile for me 😀
However time was ticking by and I needed to head back to hotel and pack my bag for my departure. Ah, the reluctant feeling to have to part way was palpable. Once back at the hotel, I immediately head to Jimbaran beach for the last time.
I love listening to the rolling waves as they hit the shores, again and again.
On ten o’clock we checked out of the hotel and made a quick stop to Khrisna, seemly a well-known souvenirs store in Bali, and then on 11.25 AM at Ngurah Rai International Airport…
The red airline who made this trip possible. Thank you AirAsia Indonesia!
So long Bali, I will greet you again soon~