Wednesday, November 19, 2014
9:59 AM

Pura Luhur Tanah Lot

Pura Luhur Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot Means "Land in The Sea" in Balinese language, Located at Tabanan Regency about 20km from Denpasar, Pura Luhur Tanah Lot is temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continously over the years by the oceans tide.

Tanah Lot is claimed to be the work of the 16-century Dang Hyang Nirartha During his travel  along the south coast he saw the rock-island's is beautiful sitting rest there. Some fishermen he saw him, and bought him gifts. later he spoke to the fisherman to built shrine on the rock, for he felt to be holy place to worship the Balinese sea God.
 The Tanah lot temple was built and has been apart of Balinese mythology for centuries. the temple is one of seven sea temple around the Balinese coast. Each of the sea temples was established within eyesight of the next to from a chain along the south-western coast. in addition to Balinese mythology, the temple was significantly influenced by Hinduism.
   An excessively popular day trip, Pura Tanah Lot is the most visited and photographed temple in Bali, especially at sunset when crowds and traffic overwhelm the site. However, it has all the authenticity of a stage set – even the tower of rock that the temple sits upon is an artful reconstruction (the entire structure was crumbling) and over one-third of the rock is artificial.

   For the Balinese, Pura Tanah Lot is one of the most important and venerated sea temples. Like Pura Luhur Ulu Watu, at the tip of the southern Bukit Peninsula, and Pura Rambut Siwi to the west, it is closely associated with the Majapahit priest Nirartha. It’s said that each of the sea temples was intended to be within sight of the next, so they formed a chain along Bali’s southwestern coast – from Pura Tanah Lot you can usually see the clifftop site of Pura Ulu Watu far to the south, and the long sweep of sea shore west to Perancak, near Negara.

   But at Tanah Lot itself you may just see from one vendor to the next. To reach the temple, walkways run from the vast parking lots through a mind-boggling sideshow of tatty souvenir shops down to the sea. Clamorous announcements screech out from loudspeakers.

You can walk over to the temple itself at low tide, but non-Balinese people are not allowed to enter.

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