The origin of Pura Luhur Uluwatu is shrouded in myth but studies could say without a doubt that the structure dates back to the tenth century by a Hindu priest from Java. The structure of the temple is thin and unadorned; the visit is often disturbed by the cheeky monkeys who take possession of everything that tourists have in your hands or in your hair, in this regard, attention must be paid to the cameras, eyewear and handbags.
Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple dedicated to the spirits of the sea. The property is on the extreme southwestern tip of the Bukit peninsula about 15 km. from Jimbaran Beach. The temple boasts a superb location on top of a rocky promontory overlooking the Indian Ocean; from about 70metri height you can see the waves crashing on the rugged coastline. Given the striking position, the best time to visit is in the late afternoon to watch the spectacular sunset.
Uluwatu Temple Highlights
You can enjoy Kecak dance in Uluwatu Temple. The dance of the monkeys or Kecak is named for the characteristic sound, Speech based, issued by the choir. Components are forty or more of shirtless men adorned with sarong and white checked blacks around the waist, sitting cross-legged in four or five concentric circles, swaying, clapping and waving their arms in perfect sync with each ‘Another emitting only the sound “cak cak cak cak” and thus producing’ a hypnotic and amazing musicality.
It follows the amazing fire dance during which a dancer in trance walking on hot coals. The dance is inspired by an episode of the ancient epic Ramayana.
And ‘only since the 30s, when a German painter and musician he was fascinated that this dance is transformed into a real form of theater with the aim to disseminate knowledge abroad. From that moment the sounds and movements of this dance are adapted to the mysterious episodes of the Ramayana, the great epic of Hindu culture.
Away from our theater of words, today the Kecak is a form of theater based on choral singing and dancing on a hundred men through sudden changes of rhythm and movements tell the adventures of Rama, hero of the poem. In short, for a moment forget the exploits of Ulysses and the Trojan War and get ready to immerse yourself in the battles of the Eastern principles in the name of his beloved, which apparently seems to be a constant inevitable from the West to the East.
In Bali, you can still witness this spectacle. On stage there are between fifty and a hundred men who sing and move around a large fire, some women wearing the typical Balinese masks and a colorful dragon that becomes a surprise during the performance. The episode that replicates most is that of the battle between Prince Rama, assisted by the white monkey Hanuman, and the king of evil Lanka, guilty of kidnapping Dewi Sinta, wife of Rama.
The most impressive of Bali in which to immerse themselves in this fascinating and colorful tradition is the temple of Uluwatu, southern Bukit peninsula. Here, the scene we think the nature: a temple on top of a cliff overlooking the sea and the setting sun painting the sky red: the show can begin.