20 February 2023 73x Bali Activities
Tanah Lot Temple is an unforgettable wonder of Bali, this temple has a magical attraction with strong spiritual nuances. This sacred Hindu temple is located on the coast of Beraban – Tabanan – Bali, which is one of Indonesia’s famous tourist destinations.
Bali is a very popular tourist attraction with a unique blend of strong Hindu culture, with stunning natural beauty.
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The Tanah Lot Temple is one of the seven maritime temples, which are popular for tourists who are interested in taking a spiritual retreat. These are the seven maritime temples which are spread across 7 key points in Bali:
- Tanah Lot Temple: Tabanan
- Rambut Siwi Temple: Jembrana
- Luhur Uluwatu Temple: Nusa Dua
- Majapahit Temple: Jembrana
- Sakenan Temple: Serangan Island
- Segara Temple: Sanur
- Goa Lawah Temple: Gianyar
All of these temples are associated with Balinese Hindu traditions and beliefs and serve as places of worship for the local community. Besides being famous for spiritual tourism, the natural beauty and seascape surrounding the temples make it one of the popular tourist destinations in Bali.
History of Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple was built in the 16th century by a powerful Brahman from Java named Danghyang Nirartha, who was tasked to spread Hinduism in Bali. Danghyang Nirartha had chosen this location because it was considered as a very holy place and had a strong spiritual aura.
Based on the legend believed by the Balinese people, this sacred temple began when Dang Hyang Nirartha meditated on a rock that shaped like a parrot on Beraban beach. Apparently, the presence of Dang Hyang Nirartha who meditated on the beach area was contrary to the beliefs of the native at that time.
The beginning of Hinduism in Beraban
By all possible means, the people of Beraban wanted to expel him out from his location of meditation, which at that time was still on the mainland. To prevent a dispute, Dang Hyang Nirartha with his power finally removed the rock where he used to meditate to the sea.
After seeing the Brahmin’s power, the people of Beraban decided to convert to Hinduism and made Tanah Lot Temple as a sacred place. The rock was then named Tanah Lot, which means a rock in the middle of the ocean. Over time, Tanah Lot was guarded by a mysterious sacred snake.
Unique location of Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple has a stunning panoramic view, with a very unique landscape of hills and rocks. It makes this sacred temple look like it was built on a rock that appears floating on the surface of the sea.
Another uniqueness of Tanah Lot Temple that should not be missed by tourists, is the hollow hill with a white sandy beach below. This hill is known as “Batu Bolong” which is suitable for surfing and sunbathing.
Tanah Lot Temple Neighborhood
Tanah Lot Temple has several small temples that can be visited, however visitors must follow the customary rules before entering the temple area.
During high tide, visitors can walk across the stone bridge that connects the land with the Tanah Lot temple. During low tide, visitors can also walk through the path surrounded by seawater and beautiful coral reefs.
Underneath the rock where Tanah Lot Temple is located, there is a sacred cave where a mysterious sacred snake lives, this cave is a sacred place that is referred to as a ‘wish-grabber’.
Holiday activities around Tanah Lot Temple
Apart from the temple, the place also offers several marine activities such as snorkeling, surfing and swimming. Travelers who want to enjoy art and culture, can enjoy the amazing colossal kecak dance with the sunset as the backdrop
Tourists can also enjoy the beautiful view of Tanah Lot from the cafes and bars around the beach. Then proceed to shop for interesting souvenirs at the market, which is outside the Tanah Lot beach area.
Tanah Lot Temple is a Balinese wonder that should not be missed.
The beautiful natural scenery and rich history make this place one of the popular tourist destinations for local and foreign tourists. However, visitors should treat this place with respect and make sure not to damage the surrounding environment.
The experience of traveling to Tanah Lot Temple will definitely be an unforgettable memory for every visitor. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy this marvelous Balinese wonder, by using the cheap car charter service with driver from New Bali tours.
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