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Tanah Lot – Temple in the Ocean

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Weird | 1 comment

Located on the beautiful fringes of Beraban, Tabanan Regency and Kediri and around thirty kilometers from Denpasar, one must visit this temple in Bali. One of the hotspots for tourists from all across the globe, the Tanah Lot temple in Bali offers the human eye a treat of the wonderful setting sun, every evening. This cultural attraction is among Bali’s most picturesque places ideal for exoticism and photography. When the sun is setting creating a the mixture of magenta and orange colors on the sky and the tide rises, the beauty of Tanah Lot is a very spectacular sight. Expedia offers great deals in hotels and flights to visit the Tanah Lot temple in Bali.

 This sacred temple in Bali is used as the main service area for devotees to offer prayers and to meditate as well. The main deity worshipped here would be Dewa Baruna also known as Bhatara Segara, the forces of the sea. One should avail the chance of looking around the Tanah Lot temple in Bali and learning more about its history, nothing beats the learning routine, when one checks this special place in Bali in person than read about it online or even hear all about it from someone else.

 The setting overlooks the ocean and its rock formation looks somewhat like a ship stranded on the shallow waters of the ocean. The temple, which has been in existence for centuries, was built by a group of fishermen after a revered priest known as Nirartha, requested them to do so. The temple serves as a holy sanctuary dedicated to the sea gods of Bali.

Well sometimes when the tide rises the rocky island and the main land are separated by water, and boats are the only way for the pilgrimage to reach the temple. High tide or ebb tide, the beautiful setting is always there.

 

Folklore if believed, one can see a mysterious animal that moves around the fringes of the Tanah Lot temple in Bali. The mysterious animal, rather a reptile is also seen on the coasts of the city temple. They say it has no skin around its stomach, and although the snake is known to be obnoxious in its behavior, snake bites have not been reported and hence no deaths reported as well, since it is a water snake and the behavior of water snakes is of a passive nature, and not aggressive.

Travellers to the temple will find its ancient building worthy of exploring. During ones tour around the Tanah Lot, make sure to stop over at a souvenir shop or enjoy a refreshing meal at one of its restaurants built on the top of its premises.

Tanah Lot temple in Bali beckons to offer the weary eyes tourists a wonderful view of the sunset every evening. High priests and devotees say that every evening the sun goes into the belly of the earth, only to be back next morning. It is a pleasure to be at the Tanah Lot temple in Bali while the sunset happens every evening, lets just say it is beauty personified and mysterious as well at Tanah Lot.

 Don’t forget to check the coral life which exists in abundance on the shores. Plus you would also see black and white snakes around the coral reef, which local folklore states to be protectors of the temple from all evil influences, whatsoever.

 

 

 

One Comment

  1. Okay now, THIS looks like a really cool place to visit.