For many people, Tanah Lot or Tanah Laut symbolizes the romance of the island of Bali. As the name suggests, Tanah Lot does have a unique offshore setting. Tanah Lot is also the “home” of one of the famous icons in Bali, namely the Silhouette of the Tanah Lot Temple.
You can imagine the sight of a temple that stands tall on a rock facing the open sea. The waves crash beneath the coral walls, the orange tinge of the dusk sinking slowly at the edge of the ocean. Isn’t it beautiful? Tanah Lot is located in Tabanan, only 30 km from Denpasar. Meanwhile, the castle is located about 300 meters offshore. Tanah Lot Temple is believed to have originated in the 16th century according to a narrative from Dang Hyang Nirartha, a respected religious figure in Bali. Dang Hyang Nirartha is believed to be the figure who created the three-temple system in Balinese villages. He determined the location of the temple division where the shrine built in the north of the village was dedicated to Lord Brahma, in the middle of the village for Lord Vishnu, while the temple on the south side was for Lord Shiva. He was inspired to build a temple while taking a walk along the southern coast of Bali. At that time he saw a small rock island known as Gili Beo, in the village of Beraban. When they wanted to carry out their intention to build a temple on Gili Beo, the leaders and people of Beraban actually expelled Nirartha.
Based on Balinese mythology, Dang Hyang Nirartha is known as a person who has extraordinary magical powers that he was able to move the entire stone island to the sea, built a temple and named it Tanah Lot. To the extent that the whole village of Beraban was very shocked and then joined in to follow what Nirartha believed. Tanah Lot Temple was built to worship Bhatara Segara, or the God of the Sea. It is said that to protect his temple, Nirartha created a poisonous snake thanks to the power of his shawl. This sea snake is believed to live at the bottom of Tanah Lot, to guard the temple from evil intruders. Currently, Tanah Lot is transformed into a favorite tourist spot for taking pictures. Here, you can also find many shops selling local products and handicrafts along the entrance to Tanah Lot.
The best time to visit Tanah Lot is during Odalan Day, which is celebrated once every 210 days. This ritual usually takes place on the Buddhist Cemeng Langkir Buddhist holy day near Galungan and Kuningan celebrations. On this day, you will see a line of Balinese women who gracefully carry offerings on their heads to pray at the Tanah Lot temple. The Tanah Lot tourist area near the stone is very well managed for tourist purposes, complete with vehicle parking facilities, toilets, art shops, restaurants, hotels, open stages, tourist information services, as well as security and health services. You will find many restaurants to enjoy a sumptuous breakfast or lunch while gazing at the beautiful panorama here. Feel the serenity when you see the sunshine slowly sinking into the western horizon with the atmosphere of the high seas. Needless to say, this sight will be a memorable experience for you.
Access to Tanah Lot
Tanah Lot is located approximately 30 km from Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar. If you depart from Denpasar, at the main intersection of the Kota Kediri highway, there is a signpost that leads to the southwest that will take you to Tanah Lot. To go to Tanah Lot Temple, you will pass through dry land and go up to the Hill.
Get around You can find a cinematic atmosphere when you walk around the temple. Although it is famous for its sunset, it doesn’t hurt to visit it in the morning to feel the serenity that Tanah Lot offers. Pekendungan Temple, Batu Bolong Temple, Jero Kandang Temple, Enjung Galuh Temple, and Batu Mejan Temple are some of the temples that you can visit when you are around Tanah Lot. According to its history, these temples have their own legends and myths, you know! When Nirartha left Beraban village, he gave the keris to the leaders of Beraban. The keris Ki Batu Gajah is believed to have the ability to repel pests from plants. This keris is stored at Pura Pekendungan which was previously kept at Puri Kediri. However, on the day of Odalan, Ki Batu Gajah’s keris is always presented in the ceremony. Pura Batu Bolong or rock with a hole is an extraordinary sea temple built on a jutting rock cliff. This temple is considered the twin of Tanah Lot, because there are many similar reliefs of the temple. This temple is located on T Canggu and is the birthplace of the holy spring. Many important Balinese rituals and ceremonies are held in this stunning location. Pura Jero Kandang in Tabanan is a temple commonly visited to seek health and protection for livestock and agricultural crops. Meanwhile, Pura Enjung Galuh is a famous temple for worshiping Dewi Sri, where Hindus pray for welfare and prosperity. Meanwhile, Batu Mejan Temple is a location where the holy spring is Tirta Penglukatan which is believed to be able to eliminate all negative things and can bring happiness. Yes, Bali is known as the island of a thousand temples, to the point that you have to take the time to explore all the temples in Bali.
Address: Jl. Raya Tanah Lot, Tanah Lot Temple Area. Beraban Village, Kediri, Beraban 82121
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