Bali Points of Interest: The Temple of Tanah Lot

January 7, 2016

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Tanah Lot is a tourist attraction in Bali, Indonesia. Here there are two temples are located on a large rock. One located above the boulder and the other is located at the top of the cliffs similar to Uluwatu Temple.

Pura Tanah Lot temple is part of Dang heaven. Pura Tanah Lot sea temple is a place of worship of the gods guard the sea. Tanah Lot, famous as a beautiful place to see the sunset.

Bali seems to have a strong magnet with charm endless. The natural beauty of its beaches especially was no need to explain anymore. The island also gets the title island of thousand temples because of the strong influence of Hinduism here.

Now, what if the beauty of the beaches in Bali combined with the temple as a house of worship of Hindus? The answer is just visit Tanah Lot. Tanah Lot is a religious tourist spot with a panorama of the beautiful beach. Consists of two temples, each of which is above the coral boulder and the cliff jutting into the sea, Tanah Lot looked pretty understated.

Called Pura Tanah Lot temple is located on top of the coral boulder in the middle of the beach. This temple is a place of worship of the god of the sea, it is also what makes this temple is built in a location that is very close to the sea. Tourists are not allowed to go inside the temple building to maintain purity and sanctity of places of worship.

Bali Points of Interest: The Temple of Tanah Lot

At high tide, you can see the Pura Tanah Lot as it floats on water. Another case when the water receded, under temple there are small holes like a cave that housed many snakes tail flattened yellow with black stripes. This snake is a temple guards and had 3 times more powerful venom of cobras. The snakes are relatively benign and will not attack unless disturbed.

Another uniqueness of this Tanah Lot is the source of freshwater that is called Air Pabersih. This course is a miracle on its own because it is located in the middle of the beach salty. According to local residents, this freshwater springs also become one of the reasons for choosing this beach as a location for the establishment of the Tanah Lot temple because it is considered as a holy place.

Tanah Lot is about 1 hour from Airport or about 45 minutes from Kuta Beach is a popular tourist spot in Bali the other. This tourist spot visited especially during the late afternoon as sunset views are pretty well known.

Tanah Lot is derived from two words, namely ‘land’ which means island and a ‘lot’ means the sea. When combined, both meaning ‘island in the middle of the sea’. Aside from the origin of the name, this tourist spot also has a story or legend that is believed to be the beginning of the establishment of Pura Tanah Lot.

In the past, there was a disseminator of Javanese Hindu teachings named Nirartha and wander into the land of Bali. He managed to strengthen the trust of locals, but a ruler village called Bendesa Beraban not like the presence of Nirartha.

Beraban and his followers tried to expel Nirartha. By Nirartha, his wish will be fulfilled, but first he moved a giant boulder into the middle of the beach. Nirartha continue his meditation. He also threw a shawl worn out to sea. Shawl was later turned into a black snake with yellow stripes flat tail guarding the place meditated. The snake can still be seen in Tanah Lot until now.

Pura Tanah Lot has been disrupted by abrasion and erosion due to waves and wind. Therefore, the Bali government through the Regional Security Project Bali Beach tetrapod did put up as a breakwater and strengthen the cliffs around the temple in the form of an artificial reef. The area around Tanah Lot also laid out considering the role of Tanah Lot as one tourist destination in Bali.

The first renovation since 1987 as a protection project phase I. At this stage, the breakwater (tetrapod) weighing two tons is placed in front of Pura Tanah Lot. In addition, the banks of the concrete and artificial wall was also built as a surge protector lacing.

However, the laying of tetrapod interfere with the beauty and the beauty of the surrounding nature so that the feasibility study conducted by involving the local community and religious leaders in 1989.

The building’s design breakwater under the water surface and the manufacture of artificial reef created in 1992 and renewed again in 1998. Protection temple was started around June 2000 and was completed in February 2003 through a grant Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) amounting to Rp95 billion.

Overall work includes building Wantilan, Pewaregan, Paebatan, Bentar Temple, the arrangement of the parking area, as well as structuring the road and park in the lot of land area.

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