Uluwatu Temple is a Balinese Hindu Temple that sits on a 70-meter-high cliff protruding above the vast Indian Ocean. Uluwatu Temple is one of the Sad Khayangan temples and is the 6th biggest temple in Bali. Views from the cliff are absolutely magnificent at sunset. Surrounding the Temple is the natural coastal flora that is home to a small group of macaque monkeys. These monkeys are said to be the guardians of Uluwatu temple.
Bali Kecak and Fire Dance Performance
The fire dance we see today was first developed for the performing arts in the village of Bona in the Gianyar Regency in the early 1930s. It is derived from a very sacred dance called the Sanghyang which can only be performed inside a temple. The story of the Sanghyang has been substituted with a portion of the Hindu Epic of the Ramayana. What makes the Kecak special is that the accompanying music is provided by the human voice, the gamelan Suara, a choir of approximately one hundred men, sitting in concentric circles, swaying, standing up, lying prone as the story develops, the voice of the storytellers can be heard narrating the unfolding tale.
Part of the Ramayana story the Goddess Sita was abducted by King Ravana.
Mythology – Story
The story is a fragment from the Ramayana, the Hindu epic which in this form finds its expression in the way of dance.
Prince Rama, heir to the throne of the kingdom of Ayodya, and his wife Sita have been banished from the kingdom by King Dasaratha as a result of trickery by Rama’s stepmother. The story begins with the arrival of Rama and Sita accompanied by Rama’s brother Laksmana in the forest of Dandaka.
The trio has been observed by the demon Rahwana, King of Alengka, who lusts after the beautiful Sita. Rahwana sends his prime minister Marica to try and isolate Sita so that Rahwana can kidnap her. Marica’s magical powers turn him into a golden deer and he enters the forest and when the Sita sees the golden deer she is so enchanted by it that she asks Rama to capture it for her. Rama chases after the deer leaving his brother Laksamana behind with strict instruction to protect Sita. When Sita thinks she hears a cry for help from Rama she forces Laksamana to go after Rama by accusing him of cowardice and he goes off to help Rama with great reluctance after drawing a magic circle on the ground and telling Sita she should not under any circumstance step outside the circle.
Sita, left alone in the forest becomes an easy prey to the trickery of Rahwana who has disguised himself has an old priest and bags Sita for some food as he is cold and hungry. Sita falls for his trick, she steps outside the circle to give the old priest some food and Rahwana grabs her and takes her to his palace. Once back in his palace in Alengka, Rahwana tries everything he can to seduce Sita without any luck.
In the palace of Alenka, Sita pours out her heart about her cruel fate to Rahwana’s niece Trijata, when Hanoman appears telling her that hi is Rama’s envoy and proving it by showing her Rama’s ring. Sita gives Hanoman a hairpin to show she is still alive and sand him back to Rama with a massage to come to her rescue.
In the meantime, Rama and Laksamana accompanied by Tualen are wandering in the forest looking for Sita when Meganada, Rahwana’s son, appears and engages Rama and Laksamana in Battle. Meganada uses his magic powers and shoots of an arrow which magically turns in to a dragon which overpowers Rama and Laksamana and they are trussed up in ropes.
The bird Garuda, King of all the bird, a good friend of King Dasaratha, has observed trouble Rama is in from high up in the sky and comes to the rescue freeing the brothers from the ropes. Rama and Laksamana continue on their way to rescue Sita and are joined by Sugriwa, king of the monkey’s, and his monkey’s army.
This fragment of the Ramayana comes to an end with the battle between Sugriwa and his Monkey Army and Meganada and his Demon Army
Tour Information All-Inclusive 750,000 RP per person inc government tax
- 3.30pm Pick up From Hotel
- 4.50pm Visit Uluwatu Temple
- 5.45pm Behold the Kecak Dance Performance
- 7.50pm Dinner 5 Courses Jimbaran beach Seafood Restaurant
- 10.00pm Return to Hotel
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