Saraswati Temple in Ubud is dedicated to the Hindu goddess, Saraswati – the goddess of learning, literature, and art. Situated in a tranquil setting, surrounded by lotus ponds and with dance performances at night, Saraswati Temple is a popular site for both worshippers and tourists alike.
The grounds comprise of water gardens and lotus ponds; water from the temple at the rear of the site feeds into the pond at the front, with lotus flower appearing to blooming all over. The main temple building is located in the northeast part of the complex, where there are a number of statues of Saraswati, along with a padmasana shrine, barong figures, and giant masks. Outside the temple building is a three-meter high statue of the mythological demon, Jero Gede Mecaling.
Almost every building in this small temple complex features ornate Balinese carvings that honour Saraswati. Traditional kecak dance performances are also regularly held here in the evenings.
Saraswati Temple is centrally located within Ubud, right near the Ubud Palace. While it’s free to enter, a small donation is appreciated. Both men and women need to wear a sarong upon entry.
Kecak dance performances are held every Tuesday and Thursday, with performances starting at 7:30pm. Ticket prices are currently Rp 100,000.