An early morning lighting strike on Wednesday, February 13, 2002, resulted in damage to portions of the 11th Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple, considered one of the six main sad kahyangan territorial temples of Bali.
Located on a limestone cliff, 70 meters above the Indian ocean and occupying one of the highest points on the Bali's southernmost peninsula, the temple is frequently hit by lightning. Remarkably, the most recent incident only affected one of 9 monuments on the site. Suffering the damage was a shrine made of recently quarried marble, while other nearby Meru tumpang tiga or three-tiered temple spires made of wood were untouched.
Rebuilding the damaged section of the temple will commence almost immediately. But first, several important religious ceremonies consecrating the rebuilding process must take place on the designated day of Monday, February 18.
The Pura Luhur Uluwatu is a popular destination for visitors to the island, located in close proximity to hotels in nearby Nusa Dua and Jimbaran.
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