Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot Temple

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Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot Temple is located in 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. The temple is built on the rock with 3 acre size and reachable in a few minute by walk. This temple is very famous among tourist destinations in Bali with spectacular view of sunset. At some nooks of coral reef around Tanah Lot Temple.

Meaning of Word Tanah Lot Temple

The word of Tanah Lot is consisted of two words that are Tanah word interpreted as a reef looking like gili or isle. Lot or Lod word has meaning the sea. So Tanah Lot is meaning the small island floating on the sea.  Tanah Lot has been used at a Megalithic period as a holy place, proven by existence of menhir. Pursuant to environmental condition, hence the structure of Tanah Lot Temple is built at irregular reef plain of its angle which is only consisted of one plain yard as Jeroan.

Tanah Lot Temple differences with other temples on the Bali island . This temple does not have a few yards because it is built on a plain of coral that irregular corners of his home. Inside the actual temple compound itself there are tiered shrines that follow the fundamental elements of Balinese design. This level has a symbolic meaning to the number of levels built to the complexity of the faith. There are other formations within the area that indicate that the site also maintains archaeological value. Temple nestled in the ocean has a ritual or ceremony which takes place every 6 months or 210 days. At that time all the Hindus from different areas in Bali will come to worship in peace and also harmony.

Function of Tanah Lot Temple

SUNSET TANAH LOT TEMPLE | FLOATING TEMPLE | SEA TEMPLE | BALI INTEREST PLACE | BALI GOLDEN TOUR

In order to know the status of Tanah Lot Temple can be realized from the temple history, function and also incoming devotee existence pray when temple ceremony is held. In this case can be realized as follows:

  • Tanah Lot Temple as dang Kahyangan (the big Holy Temples in Bali), because the history and the Penyiwi (The people taking care of the temple) are from the local people from Tabanan regency and surrounding area.
  • Tanah Lot Temple as Segara Temple, because its function as sanctum to worship the Bhatara Segara, the God with manifestation as the ocean Power Deity.

Not be separated from the myths that includes everything from the establishment of the Tanah Lot Temple. This temple remains one of the main icons of tourism in Bali Island. This will be an impressive religious tourism travel for you. Let alone a visit while holding rituals accompanied by the event themed Tanah Lot Spectacular. Traveling on this temple  will make your trip on the Bali Island is becoming increasingly a memorable one.

The most popular time to pay a visit to Tanah Lot Temple is late afternoon. At the time the sun began to move to the skyline and silhouettes the temple with a dynamic light from the sky. Many tourists come to this site to witness the magnificent temple scene against the backdrop of waves crashing.

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Sports & nature

One of the uniqueness of the owned Tanah Lot is across the street from the temple there are a number of caves in which lived a few sea snakes are colored black and white generally can be met in the coast. Part of its stomach there are no athwart skin, there is only small skin, but this sea water snake very noxious but snake bite case are very seldom happened, because the sea water snake generally very passive. These snakes are very tame and not to be bullied for being considered a forerunner of the keeper and protect the entire area from unseen evil forces. Then there is also the trust in the Tanah Lot Temple there is also the source of holy water, exactly beneath the temple. Holy water is believed can bring sustenance to anyone who drank it. The function of this temple can be realized from the function of the main temple building which is located in the temple main area. In this place, there is a main temple to worship the god in form of Dewa Baruna or Bhatara Segara, the sea power. The media of worship to this god is the temple building with 5 storied meanwhile the 3 storied temple building in north part of this area is purposing to worship to Dang Hyang Nirartha.Sports and nature image

Culture and history info

History Tanah Lot Temple : Dang Hyang Nirartha” or better known as Pedanda Sakti Wau Rauh” that came from the region of Blambangan, East Java to Bali Island around the 16th century. At the time of the Reign of King Dalem Waturenggong in Gelgel, Bali. Later, he held a sacred journey (Dharmayatra) and walk down the south coast of the Bali Island from the western to the eastern regions. In the journey, in the end he found a beach in Tabanan area (now is Tabanan Regency), not far from the Baraban Village. Furthermore, he saw a rock in the shape of a small island in the sea. In this place he meditate and he felt the vibrations of chastity. So on top of the rock, he suggested setting up a holy building for worship of God then is now the Tanah Lot Temple.Culture and history image

Unfortunately there are no tour offers at this location at the moment.