Do You Know? – Facts and Myths about the Tanah Lot Temple, Bali.
Tanah Lot, Bali’s scenic sea temple is one of the most famous tourists destinations and an important landmark in Bali. Famed for its unique offshore setting and majestic sunset backdrops, the ancient Hindu shrine is perched on top of a rocky outcrop that has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide. Located in the coastal side of Beraban countryside, Kediri sub district and Tabanan Regency, it is situated in 30 Km in west side of Denpasar town and about 11 Km in south side of Tabanan town.
It is definitely, without argument, one of the most breathtaking and unique destinations in Bali, with massive significance to both the locals and the tourists that come flocking to Tanah Lot, camera in hand, to immerse in its history, ambience and to witness for themselves the superb sunset that is a must-see, at least once in a lifetime.
But did you know that there are ancient myths that are embraced by the locals that are connected to this ancient Hindu shrine? Legend has it that Tanah Lot is claimed to be the work of the 16th-century Dang Hyang Nirartha. During his travels along the south coast he saw the rock-island’s beautiful setting and rested there. Some fishermen saw him, and bought him gifts. Nirartha then spent the night on the little island. Later he spoke to the fishermen and told them to build a shrine on the rock, for he felt it to be a holy place to worship the Balinese sea gods. The main deity of the temple is Dewa Baruna or Bhatara Segara, who is the sea god or sea power and these days, Nirartha is also worshipped here.
Connected by a land-bridge to the mainland prior to a massive 1919 earthquake, Tanah Lot is one of seven sacred sea temples that dot the coast of Bali.
Myths Connected with Tanah Lot:
It is said that if you bring your lover to the Tanah Lot, the relationship will end in disaster.
However married couples and families are unaffected and will remain blissfully happy.
Pregnant or menstruating women aren’t allowed at the temple, as menstruation is considered “unclean”. Local legend states that the natural land bridge once collapsed when a menstruating woman tried to cross over to Tanah Lot.
If you drink the water from its source at the temple’s base, you may soon come into some good fortune.
There are venomous sea snakes nearby the temple, they are believed to be the guardians of the temple, protecting the temple from evil spirits and intruders. The temple itself is purportedly protected by a giant snake, which was created from Nirartha’s selendang (a type of sash) when he established the island.
So now you know all these interesting and fascinating facts and myths about Tanah Lot, it’s time to come for a visit! Just book your next flight over and let us do all the planning and organizing for you. It’s our specialty! Contact us now for more information on how to have the best holiday of your dreams here in Bali.
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